Born in Getxo, Euskadi (Spain) in 1938, José-Maria Cundin'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.
Cundin 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 Brugge, Belgium. In the ‘70’s he spent long periods working and teaching in Mexico.
Presently he resides in Folsom, Louisiana.
His ongoing projects include THE OBELISTIC PRESENCES, an exhaustive visual metaphorical narrative using as the actor and conveyor, the Obelisk.
The OPUS CONCAVA series; an exploration of Anaphormism on concave supports.
He is also faithfully adding new pieces to an already extensive collection of constructions, transformed elements, etc.... which is the result of his search, under a Dada premise, of the secret aspects of ordinary quotidian objects.
Cundin's paintings and sculptures are in numerous 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 ofArt; and Johnson & Wales University.
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