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José-Mariá Cundín
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José-María Cundín

BIOGRAPHY


Born in Bilbao, Basque Country, (Spain) in 1938, José-María Cundín's professional trajectory expands more than a half century. Esteemed as an outstanding advocate of the historical Avant Garde in his native Basque Country, his first one-man show was in Bogota, Colombia, where he lived during the '5Os and created wide-ranging projects.


Cundín established residence in the United States in 1958 in New York. Before settling in New Orleans in 1964, where he is regarded with renown, he worked in Paris and Bruges, Belgium. In the ‘70’s he spent long periods working and teaching in Mexico.

 

Cundín's paintings and sculptures are in numerous Corporate and Private collections in Europe (including Spain, France, England, Germany and Belgium) and the Americas (the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil and Colombia) and his works hang in these Institutions: Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao; ARTIUM, (Contemporary Art Museum), Vitoria, Basque Country, Spain; Museo de Zea, Medellin, Colombia; New Orleans Museum of Art; and Johnson & Wales University.


Presently he resides and works in Folsom, Louisiana

 

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SOLO SHOWS

  • 2017 –CALLAN CONTEMPORARY, New Orleans, LA “THE SUPREME LEADER AND RELATED SCENES”
  • 2016 – MACAYA GALLERY, Miami, FL “PAINTINGS AND SCULPTURE”
  • 2016 – IMPERIAL CALCASIUE MUSEUM, Lake Charles, LA “PANOPTICON”
  • 2016 – CALLAN CONTEMPORARY, New Orleans “A BASQUE REVIEW (de Profundis)
  • 2014 - IMPERIAL CALCASIEU MUSEUM, Lake Charles, LA  “NOVISIMO PASTELARIO VASCO, NPV (Paintings) and PISCIS: A Marine Bestiary (Sculpture)
  • 2013 - Exhibits his unique limited edition engraving of the “UNANIMOUS DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE”, City Hall, Mandeville, LA
  • 2012 - CALLAN CONTEMPORARY, New Orleans “OPUS CONCAVA”
  • 2012 - ST.TAMMANY ARTS ASSOCIATION, Covington, LA “THE BASQUE SYNDROME: An Impertinent Selection of works”
  • 2010 - GALLERY BIENVENU, New Orleans, LA “TWELVE ANTI-PORTRAITS”
  • 2009 - GALERIE GIGI, New Orleans. A reportage of the artists’ unique engraving by hand of “THE UNANIMOUS DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE OF THE UNITED STATES”
  • 2009 - GALLERY BIENVENU, New Orleans, LA “FOLSOM BLUES, REDS AND YELLOWS: Portraits, Self-Portraits, Anti-Portraits, and Pseudo-Portraits”
  • 2008  - GALLERY BIENVENU, New Orleans, LA “MACVLARIA: A Lyrical Interlude of Spots, Stains, and Blemishes”
  • 2007 - GALLERY BIENVENU, New Orleans, LA  “40 YEARS WANDERING THROUGH THE DESSERT” a Retrospective Show
  • 2002 - ACADEMY GALLERY, New Orleans, USA. Presenting 3 Projects:

- “TWELVE EXTRAPOLATIONS ON THE AMERICAN FLAG"

- "EX-VOTOS: A BORDELLO’S REMEMBRANCE OF SOME STRUMPET OF MERIT    

AND FAME”

       - “THE OBELISTIC PRESENCES”

  • 2001 - MARYLAND HALL FOR THE CREATIVE ARTS, Annapolis, USA “THE RADIOACTIVE PORTRAIT OF MADAME CURIE AND OTHER PRESENCES”
  • 2000 - ACADEMY GALLERY, New Orleans – “THE ANTHOLOGY OF THE INTIMIDATING ENTITIES”
  • 1996 - ACADEMY GALLERY, New Orleans -  "MORPHOGENISIS TOWARD A HERMETIC REPRESENTATION"
  • 1993 - COMMENOZ GALELRY, Key Biscayne, USA – “LATEST PAINTINGS”
  • 1992 - UNIVERSITY OF ST. THOMAS, Houston, TX. Represents Spain in the "QUINCENTENARY CELEBRATIONS"
  • 1992 - ACADEMY GALLERY, New Orleans - “OPUS BARROCA”
  • 1990 - ACADEMY GALLERY, New Orleans, USA "Movement Toward Abstraction"
  • 1988 - ON FOUR GALLERY, New Orleans, USA “HOMAGE TO WILLIAM TELL”
  • 1988 - GALERIA VANGUARDIA, Bilbao, Spain – “PROJECTO PARA UN BESTIARIO MARINO” (Polychrome Sculpture)
  • 1983 - ACADEMY GALLERY, New Orleans – “BEASTS OF THE SEA” Marine Bestiary paintings
  • 1980  - GALERIA SITIOS, Algorta, Spain
  • 1979 - OLD WOODRING HOME, Lake Charles, LA, USA
  • 1979 - BIENVILLE GALLERY, New Orleans, USA (Polychrome sculpture)
  • 1978 - OVO DE IONGH, Houston, TX USA
  • 1978 - Museo De Bellas Artes De Bilbao, Spain - "ENSAYO PARA UNA ICONOGRAPHIA LAICA”
  • 1977 - Bienville Gallery, New Orleans  “INDECENT EXPOSURES”
  • 1977 - GALERIA ARABA, Vitoria, Spain
  • 1976 - GALERIA ARABA, Vitoria, Spain
  • 1975 - GALERIA LUZARO, Bilbao. Spain
  • 1975 - GALERIA PECANINS, Barcelona, Spain
  • 1974 - GALERIA PECANINS, Mexico City, Mexico
  • 1973 - BIENVILLE GALLERY, New Orleans, USA -“THE TEMPTATIONS OF PALEMON EL ESTILITA”
  • 1971 - BIENVILLE GALLERY, New Orleans, USA
  • 1971 - DAVID GALLERY, Houston, TX. USA.
  • 1971 - GALERIA GRISES, Bilbao, Spain –  “Pinturas 1971”

SOLO SHOWS cont.
 

  • 1970 - GALERIA ILLESCAS, Bilbao. Spain
  • 1970 - GALERIA SEN, Madrid, Spain
  • 1968 - SIMONNE STERN GALLERY, New Orleans – “JOURNEY WITH A MAD MONK”
  • 1968 - DAVID GALLERY, Houston, TX
  • 1968 - GALERIA GRISES, Bilbao, Spain – “LAS TRIBULACIONES DE ROSITA CAMARGO”
  • 1967 - GALERIE SIMONNE STERN, New Orleans
  • 1967 - ORLEANS GALLERY, New Orleans, USA
  • 1966 - ORLEANS GALLERY, New Orleans – “THE JUBILEE OF ROSITA CAMARGO”
  • 1965 - ORLEANS GALLERY, New Orleans, USA
  • 1964 - GALERIA ILLESCAS, Bilbao, Spain
  • 1963 - SMITH GALLERY, Brussels, Belgium
  • 1957 - CLUB DE PROFESSIONALES, Medellín, Colombia
  • 1957 - SALA CULTURAL de la UNION ESPANOLA, Barranquilla, Colombia
  • 1956 - SALA TEQUENDAMA, Bogota, Colombia
     

GROUP SHOWS

  • ACADEMY GALLERY, New Orleans – Participated in more than a dozen group shows between 1989 and 2011
  • 2015 – CHRISTWOOD’S ATRIUM GALLERY, Covington, LA
  • 2014 – ST. TAMMANY ARTS ASSOCIATION, Covington, LA
  • 2013 – ST. TAMMANY ARTS ASSOCIATION, Covington, LA

·       2009 - BARRISTER’S GALLERY, New Orleans – “THE MORBID ANATOMY CABINET”

·       2006 - BARRISTER'S GALLERY, New Orleans – “KATRINA YOU BITCH”

  • 2005 - BARRISTER'S GALLERY, New Orleans -  “HYDRIOTAPHIA”
  • 2004 - BARRISTER'S GALLERY, New Orleans – “JAZZ FEST POSTER RECONSIDERED”
  • 1995 - Represents Spain in the "1V SALON IBERO-AMERICANO DE BELLAS ARTES" Instituto Cultural Mexicano, Washington D.C. USA
  • 1995 - CENTER GALLERY, Miami Dade Community College, Miami "HAND IN PLACE’
  • 1995 - Academy Gallery, New Orleans. Presents “THE INFINITE SELF PORTRAIT” for THE SELF IMAGE exhibit.
  • 1993 - Participates in FIART (Feria International de Arte), Bogota, Colombia
  • 1992 - INSTITUTO NACIONAL DE BELLAS ARTES, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico -  “PRESENCIAS PLASTICAS”
  • 1991 - MIAMI INTERNATIONAL ART EXPOSITION, Miami, USA
  • 1991 - "FIVE SCULTORS IN THE GARDEN" River Ridge, La USA
  • 1990 - NEW ORLEANS MUSEUM OF ART - "ART IN BLOOM"
  • 1985 - NEW ORLEANS MUSEUM OF ART – Presents a selection from his “MARINE BESTIARY” project
  • 1984 - Galerie Simonne Stern, New Orleans - “INTRODUCTIONS V”
  • 1984 - The Historic New Orleans Collection PORTRAITS SELDOM SEEN “with his painting "MUNICIPAL NOVENA: Nine Portraits of the Mayors of  New Orleans”
  • 1975 - CENTRO CULTURAL EL NEGROMANTE, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico “EXPOSICION DE MAESTROS”
  • 1972 - GALERIE ILLESCAS, Bilbao, Basque Country, Spain SCULPTURE
  • 1970 - GALERIA DECAR, BILBAO, Basque Country, Spain -"ONCE PINTORES EN LA FIGURACION DE HOY" (Eleven Figurative Artists of Today)
  • 1969 - PALACIO DE BELLAS ARTES,  Mexico City - "ARTISTAS VASCOS CONTEMPORANEOS" (Contemporary Basque Artists)
  • 1969 - DORVAL MUSEUM OF ART, Dorval, Canada - "ARTISTAS CONTEMPORANEOS ESPANOLES" (Contemporary Spanish Artists)
  • 1964 - SMITH GALLERY, Brussels, Belgium

SPECIAL PROJECTS

 

  • 2000 - Develops the project "MONUMENT FOR THE MARTYRS OF EL SALVADOR" for the campus of LOYOLA UNIVERSITY, New Orleans, USA
  • 1997 - Creates the mural "THE TRANSIT OF GARGANTUA THROUGH BILBAO" for the Library of JOHNSON & WALES UNIVERSITY, North Miami, FL USA
  • 1996 - Presentation of his work and development of the theme "COLLOQUY WITH AN ARTIST OF THE MILLENNIUM" in the LOWE ART MUSEUM, Miami, FL USA
  • 1993 - Selected by "FLORIDA ARCHITECTURE" magazine for its’ FIRST ANNUAL MASTERS VERNISAGGE, Coconut Grove, FL USA

 

  • 1991 - Public release of his project "LIMITED EDITION ENGRAVING OF THE DECLARATION Of INDEPENDENCE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA", New Orleans, USA
  • 1989 - Organizes and institutes "LAS JORNADAS PLASTICAS" in Cuellar, Segovia, Spain
  • 1987 - Creates and directs MAQUILAS ARTESANALES SEGOVIANAS (MAS), Tapestry Atelier, Segovia, Spain
  • 1987 - Designs the scenery and posters for the plays "THE CARDBOARD DEBUTANTE" and “THE COCK CROWS” by Christopher Blake at the MARIGNY THEATRE, New Orleans, USA
  • 1981   Creates the scenery for "DIALOGUE BETWEEN A DYING MAN AND A LIBERTINE By Voltaire for the TEATRO UNIVERSITARIO de la UNIVERSIDAD DE GUADALAJAR, Mexico
  • 1981 - Works in Patzcuaro, Mexico on a Polychrome polyester sculpture project
  • 1975 - Founded the School of Tapestry "TALLERES LIBRES DE LAUQUINIZ" in Lauquiniz, Basque Country, Spain
  • 1974  - Co- Founded the cultural magazine "TIERRA ADENTRO" for the INSTITUTO NACIONAL DE BELLAS ARTES, Aguascalientes, Mexico
  • 1965 - Joins the historical ORLEANS GALLERY and participates in communal projects with its’ members
  • 1963 - Produces and performs his Happening "CON LAS BOLAS DE CRISTAL" in the PETITE THEATRE, Bruges, Belgium
  • 1961 - Illustrates BOHEMIA LIBRE, New York, USA
  • 1958 - Collaborates with diverse publications (BOHEMIA LIBRE, SOCIEDADES HISPANAS, CONFEDERADAS, EDITORIAL SURAMERICANA etc...) creating political vignettes and illustrations in New York
  • 1957 - Assists at various workshops and establishes the ITINERANT PUPPET THEATRE, New York, USA
  • 1956 - Works in Bogota, Colombia illustrating the periodical "EL TIEMPO DOMINICAL" and the magazines "CROMOS" and "LAMPARA"

 

 

 

 

 

TEACHINGS

 

  • 1983 - Teaches Color and Composition at the NEW ORLEANS ACADEMY OF FINE ART, New Orleans, USA
  • 1974 - Teaches Color and Composition at the INSTITUTO NACIONAL DE BELLAS ARTES, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
  • 1972 - Professor of Color and Composition at the FACULTAD DE BELLAS ARTES, University of Bilbao, Spain
  • 1957 - Participates in a teaching program for Plastic Arts with Aristides Meneguetti in EL EL MUSEO DE ANTIOQUIA, Medellin, Colombia

 

 

 

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

 

  • NEW ORLEANS MUSEUM OF ART, New Orleans -  “LE PETIT BUROCRAT”, oil on canvas, 58"x68" (150x150cm.) Purchased by the Museum from the exhibit "THE ANTHOLOGY OF THE INTIMIDATING ENTITIES” in 2000
  • UNIVERSITY OF JOHNSON & WALES, Nth. Miami, USA "THE TRANSIT OF GARGANTUA THROUGH BILBAO, oil on canvas over stretched board 120"x120" (300x300cm.) Commissioned by the University in 1997
  • ARTIUM, Contemporary Art Museum of Vitoria, Spain “LOS ENEMIGOS DE HENRY FORD” oil on linen, 51"x51" (130x130cm.) Purchased by the Museum in 1976
  • MUSEO DE BELLAS ARTES DE BILBAO. Bilbao. Spain “GRUPO DE PERSONAJES” oil on linen 60"x60" (150"x150cm.) Purchased by the Museum in 1969
  • EL MUSEO DE ANTIOQUIA, Medellín, Colombia "Pareja Musical", oil on linen, 30"x40" (75x100cm.) Purchased by the Museum in 1957