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  • Art is vital for our development as human beings.

    It nurtures and regenerates

    that part of us that makes us live.

    Everyone would agree that

    we cannot live without music, right?

    This applies to other art genres as well...

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    "Ceiba Pentandra" 77x41 cm watercolor and graphite 2012

  • Introducing a traditional japanese

    wood-block printing workshop


  • Français


    M.V. a étudié la gravure sur bois, la technique traditionnelle japonaise pendant 4 ans a Tokyo à la Yoshida Hanga Academy. Actuellement il l’enseigne à des universités, écoles et instituts d’art dans plusieurs pays.

    Voilá le deroulement d'un cours

  • Español


    M.V. estudió el Moku Hanga o grabado en madera - la técnica tradicional japonesa durante 4 años en Tokio, en la Yoshida Hanga Academy. Actualmente imparte cursos en universidades, escuelas e instituciones de arte en varios países.

    He aquí un curso intensivo


  • Moku Hanga / Kozo paper making workshop

    With Steve Miller at the University of Alabama

  • Curriculum Vitae

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  • CV

    (See short version below)

    I was born in Paris in 1959 and grew up in Mexico. Later on I studied in the U.S., France and Japan. With lithographer and inventor Per Anderson I co-designed and co-created the graphic arts center La Ceiba Gráfica in Coatepec, Ver., Mexico http://www.laceibagrafica.org where I opened the first moku hanga (Japanese wood-block printing) workshop in the country (see workshops). I developed the technological means to do it in Mexico without importing goods from Japan. I was also in charge of managing art student groups of various kinds. For the last 10 years, with Per Anderson and metal printer and director Rafael Ruiz, I have been developing this institution, now the most important graphic arts center with art residencies in Mexico.

    I presently live in Sweden with my family.



    I fluently speak Spanish, English, French, some Japanese and some Swedish



    1981-2017: Tai Chi Chuan and Qi gong (in chronological order) with masters Huang Wen-chih in Olympia, Wa., U.S., Charles Li in Paris, France, Serges Dreyer in Toulouse, France, Akiko Nakamura in Yokohama-Shi, Japan, Jose Luis Vallejo in Xalapa, Mexico and Sai ying Lin in New York, U.S. www.taichiqigong.me and www.taichiqigong.strikingly.com

    2016: Wood-turning with Joseph Deronzier, Giez, Haute-Savoie, France http://www.leclat-du-bois.com

    1998 Restoration of antique furniture at the "Art Conservation Studio" in charge of Frederick Sager from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, N.Y. https://www.linkedin.com/in/frederick-j-sager-111-73b69545

    1996: Lithography with Per Anderson in Coatepec, Ver., Mexico http://www.laceibagrafica.org/ing/index21.html

    1990-95: Sculpture and woodworking at "El Palo" shop, Xalapa, Ver., Mexico

    1985-89: Wood-Block printing (moku hanga, Ukiyo-E technique) at the Yoshida Hanga Academy, Tokyo, Japan https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yoshida_family_artists and http://ryusei.nobody.jp/academy%2030kai%20kinenten.htm

    1979: Photography at Los Angeles City College, Los Angeles, Ca. https://www.facebook.com/LACCPhotographyDepartment/

    Humanities at The Evergreen State College, Olympia, Wa. http://evergreen.edu

    1976-79: High school at the Area “H” Alternative School, Los Angeles, Ca. https://www.facebook.com/AHASTimeline/

    1974-76: Etching at the ‘El Izote’ Studio, Xalapa, Ver., Mexico



    2010: Galería Ramón Alva de la Canal, Xalapa, Ver. Mexico (large format digital photographs) https://www.uv.mx/galeriarac/general/bienvenido-a-la-pagina-web-de-la-galeria-universitaria-ramon-alva-de-la-canal/

    2010: Galería de Arte Contemporáneo, Xalapa, Ver. Mexico (wood-block prints, an introduction to the japanese technique) http://www.mexicoescultura.com/recinto/58262/galeria-de-arte-contemporaneo-de-xalapa.html

    2006: La Foto Gallery, los Angeles, Ca. U.S. (photographs and sculptures)

    2006: Museo Casa Diego Rivera/Instituto de la Culture de Guanajuato, México (altars)

    2005: Galería Ramón Alva de la Canal, Xalapa, Ver. Mexico (lithography and objects) https://www.facebook.com/galeriarac/?rf=174918699223250

    2003-4: Pinacoteca Diego Rivera, Xalapa, Ver. Mexico (altars)

    2002: Galería Ramón Alva de la Canal, Xalapa, Ver. Mexico (boxes)

    1999: Mexican Cultural Institute, New York (boxes and altars) https://www.facebook.com/MCINY/

    1999: Mexican Cultural Institute, Paris, France (boxes) http://next.paris.fr/es/principales-lugares-de-cultura/centros-culturales-extranjeros/institut-culturel-du-mexique-instituto-cultural-de-mexico/rub_8245_stand_34709_port_19052

    1987: Galería de Artes Plásticas, Xalapa, Ver., Mexico

    1986: Chikiudo Gallery, Ginza, Tokyo, Japan (watercolors)

    1975: Preparatoria Juárez Gallery, Xalapa, Ver., Mexico

    1974: Galería número Uno de la Universidad Veracruzana, Xalapa, Ver., Mexico

    1970: Annecy Castle Museum, Annecy, France http://patrimoines.agglo-annecy.fr

    1970: Stadtische Galerie Schlob, Oberhausen, Germany http://www.ludwiggalerie.de/de/ludwiggalerie/

    1969: Kunsthalle Art Museum, Reklinghausen, Germany http://www.kunsthalle-recklinghausen.com/index.php?id=282

    1968: Galería Victor Fosado, Mexico http://www.ebay.com/itm/Artista-mexicano-de-1968-Serigrafia-Firmada-Martin-Vinaver-surrealista-saltado-Caballo-/261646326304/?_ul=PY



    2018: Pucéart, MAÍZ MAÏS, espace Saint-rémi Bordeaux, France https://uploads.strikinglycdn.com/files/46b4274e-32db-431e-8216-3ee6e9f607ae/CataloguePuceart2018%202.pdf

    2018: Galleri Svea, Stockholm, Sweden

    2017: Museo de la Ciudad de Querétaro, Mexico


    2017: Galleri Svea, Stockholm, Sweden

    2015: 7th International Lithographic Symposium, Tidaholm, Sweden https://www.facebook.com/pg/stone.lithography/photos/?tab=album&album_id=867591763277865

    2014: The White Gallery, Lakeville, Connecticut, U.S. http://www.thewhitegalleryart.com

    2010: Philagrafika International Printmaker’s Open Forum http://www.philagrafika2010.org/node/256

    2010: Midwives Gallery, Philadelphia, Pa. E.U. http://midwivescollective.blogspot.se (lithographs at the 2010 Philagrafika yearly U.S. show/symposium) http://u-in-u.com/philagrafika/2010/

    2010: Museo Erasto Cortés, Puebla, Pue. Mexico “Wings over a floating world” kites printed with moku hanga, the japanese wood block printing technique and a moku hanga workshop offered at the museum by Martin Vinaver http://www.puebla.travel/es/museos/item/museo-taller-erasto-cortes-juarez

    2009: Galería IVEC, Veracruz, Ver. México “Plástica Veracruzana Contemporánea”

    2003-9: Various shows throughout Mexico with La Ceiba Gráfica (lithography)

    2002: Galería del Ágora, Xalapa, Ver. IV Foro de Artistas Veracruzanos

    2002: Galería del Ágora, Xalapa, Ver. in support of people with aniridia

    2001: El Chopo Museum, México, D.F. "Ichigo Ichie" http://www.chopo.unam.mx

    2001: Galería de Arte Contemporáneo (IVEC) Xalapa, Ver. "Laberinto"

    2000: Centre Culturel de Margency, France http://www.fdmjc95.org/structure/cercle-culturel-de-margency

    1999: Mexican Cultural Institute, Washington, DC. http://www.instituteofmexicodc.org

    1999: Associated American Artists, New York "Review/Preview"

    1998: Galería de Arte Mexicano, Mexico City, Mexico http://www.galeriadeartemexicano.com

    1998: Associated American Artists, New York ‘On Paper’

    1997: Susgrehanna Art Museum, Harrisburg, Pa. ‘The richness of diversity: contemporary puerto rican and mexican artists’

    1997: Brewster Arts LTD, Art Miami ’97 Miami Convention Center, Miami, Fla.

    1996: Brewster Arts LTD, New York (miniatures)

    1994: Petit Palais annual exhibition, Paris, France (through the Inter Art Gaymu Gallery, Paris)

    1994: Galería Juan Martin, Mexico City, Mexico and a tour in several other galleries and Cultural Centers of Mexico (painted ostrich eggs) https://www.galeriajuanmartin.com

    1989: 9th Sculpture Exhibition, Kanazawa, Japan

    1989: Kabutoya Gallery, Ginza, Japan https://eventseeker.com/venue/666552-gallery-kabutoya-tokyo

    1989: Galería Juan Martin, Mexico City, Mexico (tools)

    1989: Galería Juan Martin, Mexico City, Mexico (self portraits)

    1989: Tokyu Hands 6th Hands Grand Prix, Tokyo, Japan

    1988: Kabutoya Gallery, Ginza, Tokyo, Japan

    1988: Galería Juan Martin, Mexico City, Mexico (masks)

    1988: Galería Quiroga, Mexico City, Mexico

    1987: Galería A.P. Facultad de artes Plásticas, Xalapa, Ver. México

    1987: Galería Sloane-racotta, Mexico City, Mexico

    1987: Pinacoteca Universitaria J.A.X.C., Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, Pue., Mexico

    1987: Galería Ramón Alva de la Canal, Xalapa, Ver., Mexico

    1987: Virginia Breier Gallery, San Francisco, Ca. U.S.

    1987: Exposición Laguna Verde, Agora, Xalapa, Ver., Mexico

    1986: 6th Sculpture Exhibition, Kanazawa, Japan

    1985: Kanda Gallery, Fussa, Japan

    1985: 5th Sculpture Exhibition, Kanazawa, Japan

    1984: 4th Sculpture Exhibition, Kanazawa, Japan

    1984: Trienal de fotografía, Mexico City, Mexico

    1971: 80 drawings at the Rouen Art Festival, Rouen, France

    1970: Ferdinand Roten Gallery, Baltimore, U.S.



    2002: CD cover illustrations for "Marimba Dúos" by Miguel González and Juan Martínez, Xalapa, Ver., México.

    2000: CD cover illustrations for J.S. Bach El clave bien temperado, a guitar transcription and performance by Alfredo Sánchez and XOC

    Marimba Duos by Miguel González, Juan Martínez, Diego Espinoza and José Rodríguez

    1997: Production, playwriting and acting for the franco-mexican theater play: ‘Quetzalcóatl, el regreso’ or ‘La femme aux piments rouges’ with Jean Claude Leportier, Catherine Cremer, Djahel Vinaver and Martin Vinaver. Directed by Alain Schons. Provence, France

    1991: Illustrations for the magazine ‘La Tarantula’, Xalapa, Ver., Mexico

    1983: Maquette for a documentary film on ancient french country houses, Paris, France

    1981-2: Illustrations for 3 books for the S.E.P. (the mexican government’s education bureau), Mexico

    1973: 3 covers for the magazine ‘Técnica Pesquera’, Mexico City, Mexico

    1972: A drawing in the book ‘Les Maitres de l’Art Naif’ by Oto Bihalji-Merin, Brussels, La Connaissance Publishing, Belgium

    1972: Novel ‘La Vida de Dos Novios’ text and illustrations by Martin Vinaver, John Muir Publications, Santa Fe, NM. http://trove.nla.gov.au/work/21991093?selectedversion=NBD591640

    1971: The making of the poster for the Rouen art Festival, Rouen, France

    1970: The making of the poster for the Museum of the City of Veracruz, Mexico



    1997: For the production of the franco-mexican theater play: ‘Quetzalcóatl, el regreso’ or ‘La femme aux piments rouges’ we received

    a mexican grant from the Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes (FONCA) http://fonca.cultura.gob.mx and a french grant from the government of Provence.

    2000: Won the New York martial arts Tai chi chuan championship with the 42 movement competition sequence.

    2003-4: Grant from the Instituto de Cultura de Veracruz (IVEC) http://www.ivec.gob.mx for the making of sculptures “altars”. They were later shown at the

    Pinacoteca Diego Rivera gallery in Xalapa, Ver., Mexico



    Instituto de Artes Graficas de Oaxaca, (IAGO) wood block prints (moku-hanga) and lithographs http://institutodeartesgraficasdeoaxaca.blogspot.se

    Museo Erasto Cortés, Puebla, Pue. wood block prints (moku-hanga) http://www.puebla.travel/es/museos/item/museo-taller-erasto-cortes-juarez

    La Ceiba Gráfica, Coatepec, Ver. Lithographs, wood block prints (moku-hanga) and sculptures http://www.laceibagrafica.org/ing/index21.html

    Museo Nacional de la Estampa, Mexico City, Mexico (lithographs) http://www.museonacionaldelaestampa.bellasartes.gob.mx/



    2014: Moku hanga (japanese Wood block printing) at the Fine Art Sudio Services, Lakeville, CT U.S.A.

    2011: Moku hanga (japanese Wood block printing) at CASA (San Agustín Etla Arts Center), Oaxaca, Mexico http://www.academictoursoaxaca.com/oaxaca/san_agustin_etla.php

    2011: Moku hanga at PBI (Paper and Book Intensive) art sabbatical, Ox-Bow, Saugatuck, MI. U.S. http://www.paperbookintensive.org/2011/classes.html

    2010-14: Monthly moku hanga workshops at La Ceiba Gráfica, Coatepec, Ver. Mexico. http://www.laceibagrafica.org/ing/index21.html



    I am an artist but I have worked in other areas as well:

    Having been raised in a farm, I know about agriculture, cattle raising, beekeeping, driving trucks and tractors, etc.

    2020-21: gardening and repairs at Aktiv Fastighets Förvaltning i Nacka AB

    2014-2015: Construction work: Carpentry, painting, demolition, Stockholm, Sweden.

    With Contender AB, Veterankraft and independently

    2002-2017 Have been administering a 12–apartment building since 2002 www.ballenaemplumada.strikingly.com

    2006-2013: Managing and teaching art and self-sufficiency to groups in a graphic arts institution: http://www.laceibagrafica.org/ing/index21.html www.laceibagrafica.org

    2009-2013: Teaching art workshops in Mexico and the U.S., at: http://talleresyax.blogspot.se/p/moku-hanga-grabado-en-madera-con-la.html http://www.casa.oaxaca.gob.mx/index.php/en/ and at: http://www.paperbookintensive.org/2011/classes.html

    2000: Transformed an old, cold and dark garage into a well lit and well isolated attractive room with a swimming pool with current, 3 double pain windows and a wooden florr and ceiling with attractive lighting. Princeton, New Jersey, U.S.

    1998-1999: Coordination and mounting of art exhibitions in Mexico, Japan, France and the U.S.

    1998-1999: Coaching people with dissabilities through art in Harlem, New York

    1984-2017: Teaching Tai chi chuan and Qi gong for the past 33 years to a variety of groups, from private to corporate www.taichichuanqigong.me and www.taichichuan.strikingly.com

    1992: I designed and built my house with the traditional European/Middle-Eastern pounded earth technique www.indara.strikingly.com

    1997-1998: High-end carpentry work at Bill Rybak’s Studio, 459 W 15th St. N.Y. doing window-display paraphernalia for stores like Cole Haan and Sacks Fifth Avenue

    1997: Antique restoration furniture at the Art Conservation Studio in charge of Frederik Sager, New York.


    My CV in short:


    I was raised and worked in a farm in Mexico, studied high school and college in the U.S. did a 4-year apprenticeship in Japan on traditional wood-block printing, studied biodynamic beekeeping with permaculture guidelines, began my studies of Tai chi chuan in Paris 35 years ago and have not stoped since.

    I am a:

    painter, sculptor, printer, photographer, writer, inventor, designer, farmer, beekeeper, house builder and apartment building administrator, carpenter, gardener, general repairman, Tai chi and qigong instructor, father, husband and a world citizen conscious of the environment.

    As an artist I have had 17 one-man shows, more than 43 group shows, have artwork in 4 museums and art institutions, have taught countless times Japanese wood-block printing workshops in Mexico and the U.S. and have co-designed with lithographer, paper maker and inventor Per Anderson, the most important self-sustainable graphic arts center in Mexico, where I conducted research and opened the first Japanese wood-block printing workshop in the country.

    I have taught for over 33 years Tai chi chuan and Qigong and have worked in a number of other related activities.

    I won the 2000 New York martial arts Tai chi chuan championship with the 42 movement competition sequence.

    I presently live in Sweden with my family, working for a company, doing gardening and as a general repairman. I teach Tai chi and Qi gong to individuals through Skype, so they can learn from the comfort of their homes.

    I speak Spanish, French, English, some Japanese and some Swedish.



    (+33) 605732711

  • Last exhibition

    at Svea Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden

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  • Would you like to hange a picture on your wall?

    Maybe your living room is not as pink as this one...

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    ...or as white as this one,

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    But you could certainly have one of my paintings in your bedroom or living room...


    I can offer you:

    - Photographs

    - Mixed media digital images

    - Custom-made images made from your own tatoo

    - A custom-made urn if you want to get ready for the after-life

    - Olmec-influenced celts made of hard woods - it's one of my specialties

    - An ink-watercolor, mixed media original on paper - to be shown here soon


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  • Links to my other activities

    Touch images to open links

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    Art as Urns

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    Tai chi chuan

    a foundation for body and mind

    short stories

    Short stories in Spanish

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    Mexico's most important graphic-arts center


    Ecological bee hives

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    A beautiful place to meditate, to restore the soul,

    for artists to create

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    House design and construction

    First architecture learning experience

    Apartments for rent


    Wood work and painting

  • Contact


    (+52) 228 2153487 - Mexico