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Sergio Bustamante

Sergio Bustamante by Rodolfo Cardenas

A look at Sergio Bustamante, probably the most famous papier mache artist, and his incredible work.

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Introduction

One of our favourite papier mache artists is Mexican Sergio Bustamante. We felt this site would not be complete without some pictures of his fantastic papier mache works. His pieces are an inspiration and a delight to look at.

Sergio Bustamante
Sergio Bustamante

The following information and pictures were provided for us by Rodolfo Cardenas,
Galerias Sergio Bustamante. Although Sergio works in many mediums, all of the works pictured in this article are papier mache. Please note that they are not necessarily examples of the surrounding text.

Sergio Bustamante


Example of Sergio Bustamante's work - Fish with Boys
Example of Sergio Bustamante's work - Fish with Boys


Though born in Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico, Sergio Bustamante has lived in the Guadalajara area since early childhood. In his youth, he studied architecture at the University of Guadalajara, but abandoned this pursuit when his talents and interests drew him to the fine arts and crafts. He began with paintings and paper mache figures, inaugurating the first exhibit of his works at the Galeria Misracha in Mexico City in 1966. In the early 1970's, he traveled to Amsterdam, where he further developed his talents. After his return to Guadalajara, he established in 1975, along with other artists, the "Family Workshop Studio" in Tlaquepaque, Jalisco, Mexico.



While Bustamante's works initially focused on painting and paper mache, his talents inevitably led, in the mid-1970's, to the creation of sculptures in wood and bronze, many reflecting animal themes. 1979 marked the inauguration of innovative furniture designs in wood and glass with bronze accents, currently available in distinctive patterns and motifs.

Example of Sergio Bustamante's work - Mermaid, The Muse of Sorrento
Example of Sergio Bustamante's work - Mermaid, The Muse of Sorrento

Example of Sergio Bustamante's work - Mermaid, Ulysis and the hope
Example of Sergio Bustamante's work - Mermaid, Ulysis and the hope


Example of Sergio Bustamante's work - Zebra Trophy
Example of Sergio Bustamante's work - Zebra Trophy


The creation of ceramic sculptures in the mid-1980's provided avenues for the use of color and form in ways not previously explored.



In 1992, the initiation of an extensive line of exquisite jewelry in bronze, gold and silver, many set with precious and semi-precious stones and, again, often reflecting animal themes, marked a new and expansive direction for his creations. In this same year, a new series of paper mache sculptures was introduced. In the new millennium, Bustamante continues to explore uncharted paths for the further expression of his uniquely imaginative and gifted talents.

Example of Sergio Bustamante's work - The Farewell of the night
Example of Sergio Bustamante's work - The Farewell of the night

Example of Sergio Bustamante's work - Mermaid, where is the Sea?
Example of Sergio Bustamante's work - Mermaid, where is the Sea?


Example of Sergio Bustamante's work - Town Cross
Example of Sergio Bustamante's work - Town Cross


You can contact Sergio Bustamante's gallery
Visit Sergio Bustamante's online gallery at sergiobustamante.com.mx