Artemio Sepulveda



The power of paint, the eternity of the brush strokes. The will power and force of the mind, imagination and dedication prevail. Artemio Sepúlveda like many other genius artists before him, does not paint to live. He lives to paint. Reflecting on his experiences of life, his emotional upheavals, his joys and pains, the study of people, their cultures and life's. That bring out from the bottom of his soul, and the core of his heart expressionism. Artemio Sepúlveda Mexican birth right was born to Jesús Sepúlveda and María del Refugio García in the small town of Rodríguez, Nuevo León and grew up in the mining town of Nueva Rosita Coahuila, near the border of Texas. In 1949 the family moved to Mexico City, along with many other familys protesting against the president, Miguel Alemán seeking better employment and a healthier life style for their families. They protested strongly by means of a hunger strike to defend their right, but unfortunately lost the case. At a very young age Artemio began to explore and design sculptures from the many rocks and stones that were scattered around the garden and Mexican countryside. He discovered the essence of lines ans soon began to draw out his natural talent, creating drawings of figures and all that his young eyes perceived around him. It was at the age of twelve when his older sister Angélica discovered her young brothers talent, and it took little persuasion to convince him to go to art school. He was however at this time to young to attend and had to wait two years before his studies could begin. During this time he was employed in Mexico City as a apprentice designing and drawing for iron works. The company after a time went bankrupt and in his adolescent despair he ran away to arizona as an illegal agriculture worker. An experience which was hard and tough, but one that taught the young shy and insecure adolescent about other hardships and trials of life. At the age of fifteen Artemio Sepulveda Finally attended art school in Mexico City at Las Tres Esmeraldas on a three year scholarship, under the strict influence of the great master Carlos Orozco Romero, Orozco could see that the young artist was distined for a life time of painting and after his three year scholarship Orozco took him under his wing to work along side him in his own studio. It was there that Artemio was strongly influenced and inspired and the markings of the master soon began to rub off. It was at this time when he did a portrait of the master daughter. In 1955 Artemio Sepulveda left Orozco's studio to start the beginning of his own life as a painter. He was comissioned to do a portrait of Fernando Wagners daughter. The title name (The Timid One) oil on wood expressing the shyness and insecurity of adolescents. The painting is today in the National Museum of Fine Arts in Mexico City along with other paintings. (Aristocrats 1961 from the series land lords and tenants and War and peace series 1963) Artemio Sepúlveda continued to paint expressing his keen talent and following the strict tuition from his master Orozco's teachings. His work was produced in a run down room in Mexico City. Two art historians in 1962 discovered him avidly working away. They wrote: We entered a dark reeking hall away crowded with light meters, boilers and wash tubs. There we found the young intensive artist working on a large canvas of a spread eagle grey monster, which would have done credit to Baskin and Gloub in the cruellest form. Dozens of sketches were scattered and tacked to the walls. It was obvious where Sepúlveda's heart lie, and no amount of slum would stop the young artist expressing his talent. As a result of his determination and dedication, Artemio Sepúlveda often ran into financial problems as of many artist do at the start of their career. In the late fifties he worked at the Hotel Casino la Selva in Cuernavaca. In exchange for his board and lodgings, he contributed one hundred and sixty seven paintings to his mean land lord. In 1959 he and Francisco Icaza created a mural in the same hotel. The Title (Carnival) was painted on a lunette of the hotel's theatre stage. It represents circus characters, clowns and animals. The centre Figure of a seated dancer was a disguised portrait of the ex presidents Adolfo Ruiz Cortines wife, referring to her life was but a stage and we are all mere actors playing our part. Artemio Sepúlveda's trials of life have enabled him to identify with the venerability of workers, the suffering of people, the hardships of the lower scales of life along with the upper class. His paintings are powerful, tender with a poetic quality of true expression. In 1962 the art critic Antonio Rodríguez wrote: In the works of Artemio Sepúlveda are predicted the germs of a develpopment that we fore see are a powerful one. It is not the work of a painter situated on the stratosphere, but the art work of the artist who is aware of the world in which he lives and the reality that surrounds him. There have been numerous publications since, like: El Universal, 1962 Art in America Who's who in mexican art, article by Seldem Rodman, 1967 Art week with draughtsmanship and realism, article by Shifra Goldman , 1981 Contemporary Mexican, art article by Shifra Goldman, 1981 Art Voices, article by Christine Fryman Schwable, 1981 La Opinion, article by Shifra Goldman, 1983 Today Artemio Sepúlveda lives in México on the outskirts of a small town. He continues to paint expressionism, which to him is not a passing fashion but the bedrock of his meaning, his technique and style, which he continues to grow with. Selected Collectors oh his works National Museum of Fine Arts, INBA, Mexico City. The Museum of Modern Art, Mexico, City. The La Jolla Museum of Art, La Jolla, California. The Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, California Mr. Seldem Rodman, New York. Club de Industriales, Mexico. Mr. José Loera Adalberto, Chalco, Estado de Mexico. Mr. Jim Keshen, Los Angeles, California. Mr. Michael Parker, Arizona. Mrs. Patricia Paskini, Mexico. Mrs. Dory Langdon, Mexico. Mrs. Ann Lusk, California. In the late seventies Artemio Sepulveda moved to California and taught at the fine art institute and continued to work on his own paintings for principle shows. It was here that he acheived critical acclaim for his work.

Artworks by Artemio Sepulveda