Pedro Cuni-Bravo

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Pedro Cuni-Bravo
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Pedro Cuni-Bravo, July 2008
BornPedro Cuni-Bravo
Madrid, Spain
Years active1980–present

Pedro Cuni-Bravo is a Spanish artist settled in New York, specializing in murals, portraits and encaustic[1] and oil[2] paintings. He teaches in Parsons[3][4] and Cooper Union,[5] universities in New York City.

Early career[edit]

The militant condition of craft painter comes to Pedro Cuni-Bravo of family traditions: formed in the workshop of his father, the muralist José Cuní, but then graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts of Madrid. He was also assistant to his father in the decoration of the domes of the Academy of Jurisprudence and the Goya Hall of the Casa de las Siete Chimeneas in Madrid. And his father also introduced him to investigate the forgotten art of Greco-Roman encaustic and Renaissance formulas of fresco.

Late career[edit]

As a result of such training, Cuni-Bravo, since he settled in New York City in 1993, has had assignments as interesting as the murals for the New York City University, the restoration of the paintings of the State House in Trenton (New Jersey) or the assistance in the restoration of St. James Theatre in New York and in the murals of Venetian Palace Hotel-Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

This has made the technique of encaustic and architectural topics also central in his easel work.

Much of the effect in Cuni-Bravo's paintings is due to his sensitivity to light: to that impression of inner luminosity, of blaze, of transparent clarity obtained by blur, by superposition of paint layers, without the above one hiding completely the below one. This effect of light coming from the background of the painting cushions with the matte tones that the artist obtains from the techniques used: encaustic painting.

Experience [6][edit]

Year Work
2013 Presentation of Encaustic Cuni paint at CreativeWorld world trade fair. Frankfurt, Germany.
2012 Presentation of the “Rediscovery of the water-soluble encaustic technique in Roman Wall paintings and Fayum portraits”. Museum Conservation Institute. Smithsonian Institution.

Washington D.C.

The Royal Academy of Chemistry publishes through its journal Analytical Methods “Characterization of the binding medium used in Roman encaustic paintings on wall and wood” by Pedro and Jorge Cuni with the chemistry department of Cooper Union.
2011 Participates as an advisor in Getty Conservation Institute’s Wax Media project. Los Angeles. California
2010 Presentation of the encaustic discovery. The Cooper Union. New York.
Mural paintings for a historical villa in San Giovanni D’Asso, Tuscany. Italy
2009 Awarded with the Menschell fellowship by Cooper Union for the Encaustic Project
2006–09 Roman painting studies, Chemical analysis of Roman painting samples, Chemistry Department, Cooper Union. NYC.
2008 Mural paintings for Le Cognac, New York.[7]
2006 Roman painting studies, Chemical analysis of Roman painting from Complutum and Mérida, Spain in the NMR department of NYU. NYC.
Mural Painting for the Essex House, NYC
2004 Mural Painting for Emigrant Savings Bank, NYC
1999 "The Encaustic and Fresco Techniques". New York Academy of Art.
Painted murals for Evergreen for the Venetian Palace Hotel-Casino in Las Vegas and the Saint James Theater in New York City.
Participated in the restoration of the mural painting at the dome of the State House, Trenton, New Jersey.
1998 Commissioned with the portrait of Don Felipe de Borbon, Prince of Spain.
1997 “The Encaustic Paint”. Lectures at Parsons School of Design, New York.
1994 “The Encaustic Paint”. Lectures at Altos de Chavon the School of Design, Parsons School of Design affiliate in the Dominican Republic.
1993 Painted the mural ceiling of the meeting room of the General Society of Spain.
1986–87 Designed the offices of the bank Caixa de Barcelona in Madrid.
1982–84 Designed sets for concerts in Madrid.
1982 Painted the dome of the Goya room for the Casa de las Siete Chimeneas in

Madrid. Spain.

1980 Painted the dome and the stairway of the Royal Academy of Legislation and

Jurisprudence. Madrid, Spain.

Solo exhibitions[edit]

Year Exhibition
2012 Museum Conservation Institute. Smithsonian Institution. Washington D.C.
MM Diseño Arte y Desarrollo, Mexico City
2011 Art Angler Gallery. New York
2010 Great Hall Gallery. The Cooper Union. New York
2008 OK Harris, New York
2005 Sen Gallery, Madrid
2004 Galeria Principal, Altos de Chavon. Parsons School of Design. RD.
Embassy of Spain. Washington DC.
2002 OK Harris Works of Art, New York, NY [8]
Sen Gallery, Madrid, Spain
2000 OK Harris Works of Art Gallery, New York, NY.
Art of Flowers Fine Art Gallery, Atlantic City, New Jersey.
2001 Flora Herranz Gallery, Madrid.
1999 Flora Herranz Gallery, Madrid [9]
1997 Flora Herranz Gallery, Madrid.
1996 Flora Herranz Gallery, Madrid.
1993 Studio Rivelli, New York City.
1991 Galeria Principal, Altos de Chavon, La Romana, The Dominican Republic.
1990 Ernesto Klingerberg Gallery, Madrid.
1989 Torre Aurea. San Lorenzo de El Escorial. Madrid.
1987 Grife y Escoda Gallery, Madrid.
1986 Aula de Cultura, San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Madrid.
1983 Casa de la Reina Gallery, San Lorenzo de El Escorial. Madrid.
1982 Exhibition hall in the Escuela Superior de Arquitectura, Madrid.

Group exhibitions[edit]

Year Exhibition
2009 Group show. OK Harris Gallery. New York, NY.[10]
2003 Instructors’ Show. Cooper Union, New York, NY.
2001 Instructors’ Show. Cooper Union, New York, NY.
1998 Raritan Valley Community College, Somerville, New Jersey.
1999 The Gallery at Parsons School of Design, New York City.
1988 Actual Art, Circulo de Bellas Artes, Madrid.
1986 Selected works for Muestra de Arte Joven for the Ministry of Culture, Madrid.


Year Award
1987 Sculpture, Instituto Nacional de Industria, Madrid.
1986 Selection in the 9th Annual Blanco y Negro Competition, Madrid.
1987 Selection in the 3rd Competition of painting of La Caja Postal, Madrid.
2000 Selection in the First National Competition of Painting, Duran Gallery, Madrid.
1983 First Accesit, Fine Arts Youth Competition, Ministry of Culture, Madrid.
1981 Selection in the 5th Competition of Painting Students at the Complutense University, Madrid.

Teaching experience[edit]

Year Subject
1997–present Traditional Painting techniques and Drawing. Cooper Union. NYC.
1998–present Oil Painting and Perspective Drawing. Parsons School of Design. NYC.


Year Place
1987 Actual Art Workshop. Circulo de Bellas Artes of Madrid. Spain.
1991 Actual Art Workshop. Circulo de Bellas Artes of Madrid. Spain.
1984 MFA, Complutense University. Madrid. Spain.


Museum of Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando. Madrid. Spain


  1. ^ "OK Harris". Retrieved 29 July 2015.
  2. ^ Saatchi Gallery. "Saatchi Gallery". Retrieved 29 July 2015.
  3. ^
  4. ^ "Parsons". Retrieved 29 July 2015.
  5. ^ "Search - Cooper Union Continuing Education". Retrieved 29 July 2015.
  6. ^ "OK Harris". Retrieved 29 July 2015.
  7. ^ "Wine Seduction - Official Site". Retrieved 29 July 2015.
  8. ^ "OK Harris". Retrieved 29 July 2015.
  9. ^ "Cuní Bravo". Retrieved 29 July 2015.
  10. ^ "NYAB Event - Group Exhibition". Retrieved 29 July 2015.

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