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  • Artist’s Statement
  • José-María Cundín (bio)

My work has had ample time to evolve over more than half a century, a period in which I don’t remember having been idle or hesitant with the brushes one single week, and my only act of procrastination was, perhaps, to insist on some repetitions or abundances, thematic or formal, always in the sincere search for the precise expression. In the early years (1956–1989), I found venues in the neo-figurative school, where I had the opportunity to dwell on its quasi-simultaneous origins in South America and New York. (This movement was in New York mostly through Latin artists who, like me, nevertheless took legitimate advantage of some later American expressionists, those whom we found akin, so with a familiar vocabulary and without hesitancy we made the cultural connection.)

In 1990, I took a sharp turn toward a more “fitting” plastic realm in order to explore, unhindered by any storytelling, the abstract expressive possibilities of my chromatic and compositional tendencies. I decided to deconstruct my figures by submitting the forms to some synthetic process from which they would reemerge organized in a way that conveys believable moral concepts. I based my hopes on the assumption that form inherently contains the property to reveal some function; therefore, an association of concrete shapes in a chromatic dialogue will end up with an identifiable entity. In this marvelous journey I can see myself nearing a certain appointment with my older style as my figures resurface in a somehow preordained Arcimboldesque resolution. [End Page 424]


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Burukide II (Basque Political Transfigure), 1994 oil on linen, 58 x 50 in.

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Matisse Tempted by the Solitary Sin, 2010 oil on linen, 62 x 58 in.

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The Complex Candidate, 2008 oil on linen, 54 x 50 in.

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Crespular Portrait of H. M. Juan Carlos of Spain, 2008 oil on linen, 58 x 52 in.

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The Notable Northshore Notable, 2008 oil on linen, 58 x 50 in.

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Carlos Gardel Singing Muneca Brava, 2010 oil on canvas, 37 x 41 in.

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Fidel Castro in a Rare Moment of Silence, 2010 oil on canvas, 42 x 45 in.

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Cayetana, La Musa Sempiterna, 2008 oil on linen, 58 x 50 in.

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José-María Cundín

josé-maría cundín was born in 1938 in the Basque region of Spain. He first came to the United States in 1958 and established himself in New Orleans in 1964. He has exhibited on three continents and has works in public, corporate, and private collections around the globe. He presently lives and works in Folsom, Louisiana, and is working on various projects, two of which are scheduled for a show at the end of the year in Lake Charles, Louisiana. The first consists of twelve paintings and is titled Novisimo Pastelario Vasco, NPV (La Nouvelle Pâtisserie Basque). The second, PISCIS (A Marine Bestiary), is a group of twelve sculptures in polychromatic epoxy, which continues a previous series exhibited in 1988, at Galeria Vanguardia in Bilbao, Spain.

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Additional Information

ISSN
2168-5541
Print ISSN
0038-4534
Pages
pp. 424-432
Launched on MUSE
2014-07-30
Open Access
No
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