About Us

INCIPIO MODO is an artist collective made up of two sculptors, Danira Miralda and Edward
Beltran. The collective was born in the streets of Mexico City in the heart of the Roma district when, in 2007 the artists were awarded a government grant for a public art project which consisted in adapting a Japanese trolley to use as their sculpture studio for the following three years. The trolley, permanently parked in front of Plaza Luis Cabrera, served as a means to unveil and expose the production of sculpture to the community with the aim of edifying, delighting
and creating awareness among the citizens of such a huge and chaotic city.

A dialogue between the artists and the community was established and art was able to reach even those who would not otherwise venture into a space related to this kind of activity. The outside of the trolley served as a forum for public art and was redesigned by international installation and graffiti artists approximately every 6 to 9 months: Edge and Above, San Francisco, California (2007); Knitta Please, Houston,Texas (2008); Seher &Sam Flores, San Antonio, TX (2009). In this space the artists produced their individual studio work as well as public and private commissions.

Danira Miralda studied sculpture in the San Carlos Academy of Fine Arts in Mexico City and spent 4
years as an apprentice in the studio of sculptor Enrique Miralda. Edward Beltran studied sculpture in the Ex Convento de San Agustin, in Salamanca and spent 2 years in a residency- scholarship in the studio of Sculptor, Javier Marin, in Mexico City.

Danira & Edward

They have exhibited their work in public spaces such as the Art Gallery of Calgary; The Museum of Modern Art, Mexico City; David Alfaro Siqueiros Museum, Mexico City; Arocena Museum, Torreón Coahuila, Mexico; El Chopo Museum, Mexico City.

Their work has been mentioned in the following publications: Agustine Magazine, Vienna Austria;
Dictionary of Mexican Sculptors of the XXth Century; La Tempestad, Mexico; El Universal, Mexico; Vice Magazine, Mexico; Eje Central Magazine, Mexico.

INCIPIO MODO has been responsible for the conception, fabrication and installation of site specific
Art work for the exterior of private residences, institutions and the public or civic realm- both in the built or natural environment: Calgary Archives public sculpture; Ascension, Poetic Park Plaza, downtown Calgary; Bronze Tree, Cuernavaca Morelos, Mexico; Blue Piece, Mexico City; Sartorius Project, Sartorius Laboratory, Mexico City.

Their work can be found in private and public collections in Basel, Calgary, Mexico City, Seattle, Miami, Toronto, Kuala Lumpur, Berlin and San Francisco.

INCIPIO MODO currently lives and works in Calgary, Alberta