Danira

Since the late nineties, Mexico City-born sculptor, Danira Miralda, has exhibited throughout Mexico and internationally.

Her work has been exhibited in galleries, art fairs and museums and can be found in public and private collections in Calgary, Mexico City, Seattle, Miami, Toronto, San Francisco, Berlin, Kuala Lumpur and Basel.

Miralda studied Fashion Technique and Design in Sheridan College, Oakville Ontario, and wood and stone carving in the San Carlos Academy of Art in Mexico City. She spent 4 years as an apprentice in the studio of sculptor Enrique Miralda, which she considers to be her most formative stage.

In 2007, she co-founded the public art project “Aberración Cromática,” along with theater director, Alicia Martinez Alvarez. The government of Mexico City granted the artists a Japanese trolley to use as a sculpture studio for the following three years. The trolley was fully adapted as a sculpture studio with infrastructure for modeling and carving and included both indoor and outdoor working areas. Parked in front of plaza Luis Cabrera in the Roma district of Mexico City, the trolley served as an open studio and offered sculpture workshops. A dialogue between the artists and the community was established. The City, perceived through the everyday experiences of making art in the public realm, became an important element of Danira’s story and the cause behind her growing interest in public art.

In 2009, fellow sculptor Edward Beltran and Danira Miralda joined forces, becoming INCIPIO MODO, and moved their artistic practice to Calgary, AB. Canada, from where they presently work.

Edward

Edward Perez Beltran was born in Valle De Santiago Guanajuato, a small municipality located in the southern portion of the state of Guanajuato, in the Bajío region of Central Mexico.

When he was three years old, his oldest brother brought home some modelling clay to do a project for school. It was the first time Edward had seen this material. He took some of the clay and held it in his hands. He was hooked. From that moment on he played constantly with it and kept it in clumps in his pant pockets. The owner of a little store that sold modelling clay saw the little figures that Edward made and suggested he bring in the finished figures in exchange for more clay. It was in this way that Edward gravitated towards sculpture.

Upon finishing high school, he went to Salamanca Guanajuato to study the traditional method for sculpting in wax. He was soon making a living as a wax sculptor and won the National Competition for Artists and Artisans, FONART, two years in a row. However, his desire for a more formal approach to Art drove him to Mexico City, where he worked as a sculptor in the wax museum and eventually in Anima FX, a company that produces art for publicity as well as the television and film industry in Mexico and abroad.  One day, while reading the News Paper, he came across an article promoting an exhibition by Mexican sculptor Javier Marin. In Marin’s work Edward saw the kind of visual expression he had unknowingly been seeking. He decided to pursue this possibility and was offered a residency scholarship in Marin’s studio where he remained for the following two years.

His work has been exhibited internationally in galleries and museums and can be found in public and private collections in Calgary, Mexico City and Guanajuato.

In 2009, he joined the public art project “Aberración Cromática” with fellow sculptor, Danira Miralda. Soon afterwards, the duo formed INCIPIO MODO and moved their studio to Calgary, AB, Canada, from where they currently work.