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 rock 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 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 mastes Orozcos teachings. His works 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 Sepúlvedas 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 at the start of there 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 muran in the same hotel. The Title (Carnival) was painted on a lunette of the hotels theatre stage. It represents circus characters, clowns and animals. The centre Figure of a seated dancer. 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 trials of life has 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 of 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.
Principal Shows (from the beginning of his career)
1958 First participation with a group of young artists. Jardín Villa Longín.
1959 Young artists of Mexico. Received first prize for his work from the National institue of fina arts.
The firsrt paralel eshibition. Received an honourable mention.
1961 Mer-Kup gallery. With the group of Neuva precencia. Mexico City.
1962 Cober Gallery. With the group of Neuva precencia. New York City.
1963 National gallery of fine art. Academy of San Carlos. Mexico City.
1964 Salon de la Plastic. Mexico City.
1966 The National confrontation of painters. The National Institute of fine arts. Mexico City.
1967 Exhibition 67 The Mexican pavilion. Montreal, Canada.
1968 Hemisfair 68 The Mexican pavilion. San Antonio, Texas.
First independent salon. Mexico City.
1972 Centre of modern art. Guadalajara, Jalisco.
1973 Manuel Lepe Gallery, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco.
1975 Gallery Amet. Tequisquiapan, Mexico.
1977 Gallery Amet. Tequisquiapan, Mexico.
1978 Guggenheim Gallery, Orange County, California.
First Bienal of Latin american paintings, Mexico City.
The Festival of arts. Laguna Beach California.
1979 Exhibition of Latin artists. Empanada. El Modina, California.
1980 The Fine arts gallery, Laguna Beach, California.
1981 Gallery Elena. Newport Beach, California.
1983 The Fine arts gallery, Laguna Beach, California.
1986 Art institute of southern California. Laguna Beach, California.
1987 The Festival of arts. Laguna Beach California.
1988 Diane Nelson Gallery. Laguna Beach, California.
1991 Orange county for contempory art. Sta. Ana, California, Visions of a dessert storm.
1995 Auditorio Municipal. Tequisquiapan, Mexico
1997 Laguna art Museum. Laguna Beach, California.
One Man Shows
1961 Chapultepec Gallery, Mexico.
1962 Mer-Kup Gallery, Mexico.
1963 Zora Gallery, Los Angeles, California.
1969 Gallery de Veracruz, Veracruz, Mexico.
Gallery Carlota, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico.
1971 Britton Gallery, San Francisco, California.
1974 Gallery Poliforum Cultural, Mexico City.
1975 Gallery Poliforum Cultural, Mexico City.
1982 The Fine arts gallery, Laguna Beach, California.
1985 The University Gallery Museum of Chopo, Mexico City.
1990 Nicola Gallery, Los Angeles California.
Orange County for contemporary art, Sta. Ana, California.
1990 Arteria Gallery, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco.
2002 Arteria Gallery, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco.
2003 Art of the Americas Gallery, Marina, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco.
2004 Casa Diana Gallery, San Miguel de Allende, Gto.
2005 Casa Diana Gallery, San Miguel de Allende, Gto.
2006 Casa Diana Gallery, San Miguel de Allende, Gto.
2007 Casa Diana Gallery, San Miguel de Allende, Gto.
2008 Casa Diana Gallery, San Miguel de Allende, Gto.
2009 Casa Diana Gallery, San Miguel de Allende, Gto.
2010 Casa Diana Gallery, San Miguel de Allende, Gto.
2011 Casa Diana Gallery, San Miguel de Allende, Gto. “Los Mineros de Pasta de Conchos”
2012 Casa Diana Gallery, San Miguel de Allende. Gto.
2013 Casa Diana Gallery, San Miguel de Allende, Gto. “ El Desnudo”