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Leopoldo Cuspinera Madrigal

Mexican artist, architect, and academic, Leopoldo Cuspinera Madrigal is interested in addressing environmental and social contexts of historical industry, sacred architecture and art, symbolism, the relationship between humans and landscape, the spirit of place, as well as the museumization, conservation, and enhancement of natural and cultural legacy. He produces and promotes new works that demonstrate both evolution and continuity based on pre-existing tangible and intangible heritage.

Cuspinera has a B.A. in Architecture (UPAEP, Puebla, Mexico); Master Degrees in Management and Enhancement of the Cultural Heritage and Historical Sciences. (University of Paris 1 Pantheon Sorbonne, France; University of Evora, Portugal; and University of Padua, Italy), and Sacred Art and Architecture (Pontificia Universitas Gregoriana, Rome, Italy).

2012-2014   Industrial Heritage and Archaeology.
Michigan Technological University (USA).
Courses: IA Proseminar in Material Culture, Seminar in Sustain Issues, Heritage Management, Industrial Archaeology, Topics in Industrial Heritage, and Topics in Industrial History.
2009-2011   Master’s Degree Erasmus Mundus TPTI (Technology, Heritage, Industrial Landscapes) History, Enhancement, Didactic.
Names of qualification and title conferred: History of Science and History of Technology; University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne (France). Management and Enhancement of the Cultural and Historical Heritage; University of Evora (Portugal).
Historical Sciences; University of Padua (Italy).
2010   Diploma Patrimoni Cientific, Tècnic i Industrial.
Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, (Spain).
2003-2005   Conservando Colendoque. Diplomate Maiore de Patrimonio Culturali Ecclesiae.
Pontificia Universitas Gregoriana, Rome, (Italy).
Summa cum laude
Courses: Iconography and Iconology, Reading of a Work of art, Spiritual understanding of the Contemporary Art, Restoration and Museography, History of the Art for the Cult I and II, Early Cristian Art and Archaeology, Medieval art in Rome, Art and Liturgy, The Monreale Mosaics, Artists among faith and doubts, from Giotto to El Greco, Cataloguing, Buildings and Mystagogia, Architecture for the Cult, Medieval Architecture, Old Buildings for the Cult, Relative right to the Cultural Assets, Biblioteconomy, Archivístic, Pilgrimage Antique and Medieval.
1996-1997   Diploma in Theology,
Universidad Iberoamericana, (Mexico).
1994-1989   B.A. In Architecture.
Universidad Popular Autonoma del Estado de Puebla, (Mexico).

2017   Space Gallery, Denver, CO.
2017   Art Palm Springs (Art Fair), Palm Springs Convention Center, CA.
2016   Hello! Introducing: Leopoldo Cuspinera Madrigal, Jake Fischer, Stephen Knapp, David Kuraoka, Tom Lieber, Michael Marlowe and Udo Nöger, Bentley Gallery, Phoenix, AZ.
2016   Abstracted Landscapes, Four World Views, Space Gallery, Denver, CO.
2016   Juegos del papel, Centro de las Artes Queretaro, Mexico.
2015   A Stone’s Throw, William Siegal Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA.
2015   UP Focus, The DeVos Art Museum, Marquette, Michigan, USA.
2014   Memoriascapes, William Siegal Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA.
2014   Unearthing/Reconstructing: pieces of landscape, City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center,   USA.
2014   Peripatetic experience with the landscape, Reflection Gallery, Hancock, Michigan, USA.
2014   Landscape: a memorial artifact, Rozsa Gallery, Houghton, Michigan, USA.
2013   Among the trees, Omphale Gallery, Calumet, Michigan, USA.
2013   Silence, Omphale Gallery, Calumet, Michigan, USA.
2012   Aqua, Spazio Biosfera, Padua, Italy.
2011   Paesaggi, visioni aumentate, PaRDeS Laboratorio di Ricerca d’Arte Contemporanea, Mirano                  (Venice), Italy.
2011   Alberi, Paesaggi, Memorie, Palazzo Guarnieri, Feltre, Italy.
2011   Riciclare il Paesaggio, Dipartimento di Storia, Università di Padua, Italy.
2010   Sentinelle del Bosco, Pedrocchi 1831, Padua, Italy.
2010   Centinelas del bosque, Complejo Cultural Universitario, Puebla, Mexico.
2009   Meta-mémoire, Maison du Mexique, Paris, France.
2008   Materia, Parque España de Puebla, Mexico.
2007   Símbolos sacros de la vida, Galerie El Greco, Veracruz, Mexico.
2007   Leopoldo Cuspinera, At the 12th International Conference relating to the Conservation of         Historical Centers and Ibero-American Heritage. Puebla, Mexico.
2007   Arbol, Vida, Luz, Casa de la Cultura. Gobierno del Estado de Puebla, Mexico.
2006   Arbre, vie, lumiére, Saint-Etienne, Bottens, Switzerland.
2005   Fenêtres II, Galerie Espacio, Morges, Switzerland.
2004   Fenêtres, Gare de Sébeillon, Lausanne, Switzerland.

2015   Galería Arte XXI, Mexico City, Mexico.
2014   Great Lakes Showcase. Rozsa Arts Center, Houghton Mi, USA.
2011   Galerie Espacio, Morges, Switzerland.
2010   Anna Breda Arte Contemporanea, Padua, Italy.
2009   Local d’Art Contemporain, Vevey, Switzerland.
2008   Itika, Puebla, Mexico.
2006   Parque España, Puebla, Mexico.
2004   Galleria Guazzolini, Rome, Italy.
2003   Prissa, Puebla, Mexico.
2002   Memoria, Puebla, Mexico.
2001   Mesón del Molino, Puebla, Mexico.
2001   Galdós, Puebla, Mexico.
2000   Tan Tan, Puebla, Mexico.
1997   Living, Puebla, Mexico.
1996   Casa Poblana, Puebla, Mexico.
1995   Trasgú y los Sapos, Puebla, Mexico.
1994   Plaza de los Sapos, Puebla, Mexico.
1993   Galería La Noria, Puebla, Mexico.
1992   Casa de la Cultura, Puebla, Mexico.

2012-2014   Scholarship from the Michigan Technological University, Industrial Heritage and Archaeology, Social Sciences
2009-2011   Scholarship from the European Community, Master’s Degree Erasmus Mundus TPTI
2005   Ethnological Missionary Museum of the Vatican Museums, Research work:                                                             museographic/conservation problems, Vatican City
2003-2005   Scholarship from the National Fund for Culture and the Arts (FONCA). Mexico, Conservando Colendoque. Diplomate Maiore de Patrimonio Culturali Ecclesiae

2014   Presentation (Abstract): “Industrial Ports: Protection by Development and Heritage as a Driver of Development” Society for Industrial Archeology 43rd Annual Conference. Portland, Maine. (U.S.A.)
2014   Presentation (Abstract): “Industrial heritage in the context of eco-cultural resources management. Strategies for conservation and enhancement”. Congresso Internacional sobre Património Industrial. Universidade Católica Portuguesa – Centro Regional do Porto. (Portugal).
2013   Speaker. Conference: Post Industrial Communities and Their Industrial Heritage. Strategies for a Continuous Sustainable Evolution. American Anthropological Association. 112th Annual Meeting. Chicago. (U.S.A.)
2012-2014   Teaching Assistant. Michigan Technological University. (U.S.A.) Lessons: Building America, World Cultures, and Global Issues.
2012 Visiting Professor. Lesson: For a non-invasive archaeology, two case studies. Porto Marghera, Venice; and Tlatelolco, Mexico. At the Department of History and Geography of the University of Padua (Italy).
2011   Master’s Degree Thesis. For an Interpretation Centre of the Porto’s Marghera Industrial Heritage (Venice). The process of “Resignification” of the Cooling Tower – Nitrogen area. (ltaly).
2011   Visiting Professor. Lesson: The Palace of Fine Arts Mexico, Archetype of the Architectural-Constructive Systems of its Time. University of Architecture of Venice, IUAV (Italy).
2008   Technical evaluator of the academic program of Architecture. Autonomous Popular University of the State of Puebla. COMAEA, Mexican Council of Accreditation of Teaching Architecture, (Mexico).
2007-2008   Design Fundamentals, Architecture and Urban Projects II, III, VII. Professor. Ibero-American University, Campus Golfo Centro, (Mexico).
2006-2007   Scholarship paybacks to the FONCA CONACULTA (National Fund for Culture and the Arts Mexico).
Consultant, conservation work on the Temple of Santo Domingo, Zacatecas; and 3 churches in             Puebla, (Mexico).
2005   Conservando Colendoque Thesis. Liturgical Adaptation, Mater Societatis Iesu Chapel, Collegio Internazionale el Gesú, Rome, (Italy).
1993-1994   Professional Thesis. Revitalization, El Alto Neighbourhood, Historic Downtown of the City of Puebla, Defence of Cultural Heritage, (Mexico).
1993   National Landscape Architecture Contest. National Autonomous University of Mexico, (Mexico).

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