Bronze Sculptures of Contemporary Artist Jorge Marin in Mexico City

Bronze Sculptures by Mexican Artist Jorge Marin

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“Ángel en Cuclillas IV Monumental (Monumental Squatting Angel IV)" 2006. Bronze Sculpture by Mexican Artist Jorge Marin. Mexico City Open Air Exhibit at “Paseo de la Reforma (Chapultepec)”.“Las Puertas del Alma (The Doors of the Soul)” 2006. Bronze Sculpture by Mexican Artist Jorge Marin. Mexico City Open Air Exhibit at “Paseo de la Reforma (Chapultepec)”.“Equilibrista en un Brazo Monumental (Monumental Equilibrist in One Arm)” 2002. Bronze Sculpture by Mexican Artist Jorge Marin. Mexico City Open Air Exhibit at “Paseo de la Reforma (Chapultepec)”.“Abrazo Monumental (Monumental Hug) ” 2006. Bronze Sculpture by Mexican Artist Jorge Marin. Mexico City Open Air Exhibit at “Paseo de la Reforma (Chapultepec)”.“Archivaldo” 2008. Bronze Sculpture by Mexican Artist Jorge Marin. Mexico City Open Air Exhibit at “Paseo de la Reforma (Chapultepec)”.
“Ángel en Cuclillas IV Monumental (Monumental Squatting Angel IV)" 2006. Bronze Sculpture by Mexican Artist Jorge Marin. Mexico City Open Air Exhibit at “Paseo de la Reforma (Chapultepec)”.
“Ángel en Cuclillas IV Monumental (Monumental Squatting Angel IV)" 2006. Bronze Sculpture by Mexican Artist Jorge Marin. Mexico City Open Air Exhibit at “Paseo de la Reforma (Chapultepec)”. | Source
“Las Puertas del Alma (The Doors of the Soul)” 2006. Bronze Sculpture by Mexican Artist Jorge Marin. Mexico City Open Air Exhibit at “Paseo de la Reforma (Chapultepec)”.
“Las Puertas del Alma (The Doors of the Soul)” 2006. Bronze Sculpture by Mexican Artist Jorge Marin. Mexico City Open Air Exhibit at “Paseo de la Reforma (Chapultepec)”. | Source
“Equilibrista en un Brazo Monumental (Monumental Equilibrist in One Arm)” 2002. Bronze Sculpture by Mexican Artist Jorge Marin. Mexico City Open Air Exhibit at “Paseo de la Reforma (Chapultepec)”.
“Equilibrista en un Brazo Monumental (Monumental Equilibrist in One Arm)” 2002. Bronze Sculpture by Mexican Artist Jorge Marin. Mexico City Open Air Exhibit at “Paseo de la Reforma (Chapultepec)”. | Source
“Abrazo Monumental (Monumental Hug) ” 2006. Bronze Sculpture by Mexican Artist Jorge Marin. Mexico City Open Air Exhibit at “Paseo de la Reforma (Chapultepec)”.
“Abrazo Monumental (Monumental Hug) ” 2006. Bronze Sculpture by Mexican Artist Jorge Marin. Mexico City Open Air Exhibit at “Paseo de la Reforma (Chapultepec)”. | Source
“Archivaldo” 2008. Bronze Sculpture by Mexican Artist Jorge Marin. Mexico City Open Air Exhibit at “Paseo de la Reforma (Chapultepec)”.
“Archivaldo” 2008. Bronze Sculpture by Mexican Artist Jorge Marin. Mexico City Open Air Exhibit at “Paseo de la Reforma (Chapultepec)”. | Source

Mexico City´s Art Scene

Jorge Marín (1963 Uruapan, Mexico) is one of many contemporary Mexican artists whose work is now part of the capital´s urban art scene and an important element of the open air cultural offer displayed at one of Mexico City´s most important cultural and recreational districts, which is located in and around “Paseo de la Reforma” (Reforma Avenue), a wide and beautiful promenade with big trees and broad sidewalks through which people can leisurely walk, while admiring the open air art pieces of permanent and temporary photography/sculpture exhibitions.

Jorge Marin´s twenty-year long professional career has been characterized by a constant experimentation with different themes and techniques. His continual search for new ways of expressing his creativity has turned him into a multidisciplinary artist that has worked with diverse materials; however, it was his encounter with bronze that definitely marked his plastic development with distinctive features, and transformed his work, today spread throughout the world, into a distinct symbol of Mexican contemporary art.

Today, 12 of Jorge Marin´s many Bronze Sculptures stand as a Monumental reminder of Mexican Artists´ talent and as a beautiful contribution to Mexico City´s art scene. The contemporary exhibition can be enjoyed in an open air and very pleasant environment, with a green natural background that frames the impressive sculptures in a perfect way.


Portrait of Jorge Marin

Contemporary Mexican Artist Jorge Marin (Uruapan, Michoacan, Mexico 1963). Image from photographs included in his open air exhibition located in “Paseo de la Reforma”, Mexico City.
Contemporary Mexican Artist Jorge Marin (Uruapan, Michoacan, Mexico 1963). Image from photographs included in his open air exhibition located in “Paseo de la Reforma”, Mexico City.

Jorge Marin: Academic Background

From 1980 to 1985, Jorge Marin studied in the National School of Plastic Arts of the National Autónomus University of Mexico (UNAM).

He finished his academic practice, with a Bachelor´s Degree in "Conservation, Restoration and Museography", in the Manuel del Castillo Negrete School of the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) and the Ministry of Public Education (SEP).

His plastic work has obtained several national and international acknowledgements.

Jorge Marin explains his experience in working with bronze:

“I have found in bronze an intrinsic power that allows me to build dynamic bodies, bodies full of movement, which challenge gravity by rotating in space and balancing themselves with minimal support.

There is, however, a contradiction in my use of bronze:

Bronze elicits sensations of coldness and hardness, things that are not present in my work; nevertheless, I try my best to avoid the prevailing of its cold essence in my sculptures.

By tightening or loosening the forms, the volumes and the human anatomy, I intend for my art pieces to triumph in that incongruity, to speak for themselves, conveying a specific message to every observer.

By coordinating the bodies, segment by segment, I attempt to give my sculptures a voice of their own, which communicates something different to each spectator. I consider that a plastic work of art resembles a mirror in which every observer finds a different image, because he projects onto it his specific desires, anxieties and frustrations…..”


Jorge Marin´s Sculptures Enhancing Mexico City´s Urban Landscape

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“Balanza II Monumental (Monumental Balance II)” 2007. Bronze Sculpture by Mexican Artist Jorge Marin. Mexico City Open Air Exhibit at “Paseo de la Reforma (Chapultepec)”.”Bernardo Oriental Monumental (Monumental Oriental Bernardo)” 2008. Bronze Sculpture by Mexican Artist Jorge Marin. Mexico City Open Air Exhibit at “Paseo de la Reforma (Chapultepec)”.“Equilibrista 90 Monumental (Monumental Equilibrist 90)” 2005. Bronze Sculpture by Mexican Artist Jorge Marin. Mexico City Open Air Exhibit at “Paseo de la Reforma (Chapultepec)”.“Ángel Persélidas Monumental (Monumental Perselidas Angel)” 2009. Bronze Sculpture by Mexican Artist Jorge Marin. Mexico City Open Air Exhibit at “Paseo de la Reforma (Chapultepec)”.“Abrazo Monumental (Monumental Hug)” 2006. Bronze Sculpture by Mexican Artist Jorge Marin. Mexico City Open Air Exhibit at “Paseo de la Reforma (Chapultepec)”.“Archivaldo” 2008. Bronze Sculpture by Mexican Artist Jorge Marin. Mexico City Open Air Exhibit at “Paseo de la Reforma (Chapultepec)”.“Hombre Universal Monumental (Monumental Universal Man)” 2002. Bronze Sculpture by Mexican Artist Jorge Marin. Mexico City Open Air Exhibit at “Paseo de la Reforma (Chapultepec)”.“Equilibrista en Split Monumental (Monumental Equilibrist in Split)” 2002. Bronze Sculpture by Mexican Artist Jorge Marin. Mexico City Open Air Exhibit at “Paseo de la Reforma (Chapultepec)”.“Ángel en Cuclillas IV Monumental (Monumental Squatting Angel IV)” 2006. Bronze Sculpture by Mexican Artist Jorge Marin. Mexico City Open Air Exhibit at “Paseo de la Reforma (Chapultepec)”.
“Balanza II Monumental (Monumental Balance II)” 2007. Bronze Sculpture by Mexican Artist Jorge Marin. Mexico City Open Air Exhibit at “Paseo de la Reforma (Chapultepec)”.
“Balanza II Monumental (Monumental Balance II)” 2007. Bronze Sculpture by Mexican Artist Jorge Marin. Mexico City Open Air Exhibit at “Paseo de la Reforma (Chapultepec)”. | Source
”Bernardo Oriental Monumental (Monumental Oriental Bernardo)” 2008. Bronze Sculpture by Mexican Artist Jorge Marin. Mexico City Open Air Exhibit at “Paseo de la Reforma (Chapultepec)”.
”Bernardo Oriental Monumental (Monumental Oriental Bernardo)” 2008. Bronze Sculpture by Mexican Artist Jorge Marin. Mexico City Open Air Exhibit at “Paseo de la Reforma (Chapultepec)”. | Source
“Equilibrista 90 Monumental (Monumental Equilibrist 90)” 2005. Bronze Sculpture by Mexican Artist Jorge Marin. Mexico City Open Air Exhibit at “Paseo de la Reforma (Chapultepec)”.
“Equilibrista 90 Monumental (Monumental Equilibrist 90)” 2005. Bronze Sculpture by Mexican Artist Jorge Marin. Mexico City Open Air Exhibit at “Paseo de la Reforma (Chapultepec)”. | Source
“Ángel Persélidas Monumental (Monumental Perselidas Angel)” 2009. Bronze Sculpture by Mexican Artist Jorge Marin. Mexico City Open Air Exhibit at “Paseo de la Reforma (Chapultepec)”.
“Ángel Persélidas Monumental (Monumental Perselidas Angel)” 2009. Bronze Sculpture by Mexican Artist Jorge Marin. Mexico City Open Air Exhibit at “Paseo de la Reforma (Chapultepec)”. | Source
“Abrazo Monumental (Monumental Hug)” 2006. Bronze Sculpture by Mexican Artist Jorge Marin. Mexico City Open Air Exhibit at “Paseo de la Reforma (Chapultepec)”.
“Abrazo Monumental (Monumental Hug)” 2006. Bronze Sculpture by Mexican Artist Jorge Marin. Mexico City Open Air Exhibit at “Paseo de la Reforma (Chapultepec)”. | Source
“Archivaldo” 2008. Bronze Sculpture by Mexican Artist Jorge Marin. Mexico City Open Air Exhibit at “Paseo de la Reforma (Chapultepec)”.
“Archivaldo” 2008. Bronze Sculpture by Mexican Artist Jorge Marin. Mexico City Open Air Exhibit at “Paseo de la Reforma (Chapultepec)”. | Source
“Hombre Universal Monumental (Monumental Universal Man)” 2002. Bronze Sculpture by Mexican Artist Jorge Marin. Mexico City Open Air Exhibit at “Paseo de la Reforma (Chapultepec)”.
“Hombre Universal Monumental (Monumental Universal Man)” 2002. Bronze Sculpture by Mexican Artist Jorge Marin. Mexico City Open Air Exhibit at “Paseo de la Reforma (Chapultepec)”. | Source
“Equilibrista en Split Monumental (Monumental Equilibrist in Split)” 2002. Bronze Sculpture by Mexican Artist Jorge Marin. Mexico City Open Air Exhibit at “Paseo de la Reforma (Chapultepec)”.
“Equilibrista en Split Monumental (Monumental Equilibrist in Split)” 2002. Bronze Sculpture by Mexican Artist Jorge Marin. Mexico City Open Air Exhibit at “Paseo de la Reforma (Chapultepec)”. | Source
“Ángel en Cuclillas IV Monumental (Monumental Squatting Angel IV)” 2006. Bronze Sculpture by Mexican Artist Jorge Marin. Mexico City Open Air Exhibit at “Paseo de la Reforma (Chapultepec)”.
“Ángel en Cuclillas IV Monumental (Monumental Squatting Angel IV)” 2006. Bronze Sculpture by Mexican Artist Jorge Marin. Mexico City Open Air Exhibit at “Paseo de la Reforma (Chapultepec)”. | Source

Mexican Artists at Work: Step-by-Step Creation of the Bronze Sculptures

What follows is a brief explanation of the work that needs to be done to create each and every one of Jorge Marin´s contemporary art bronze sculptures, which today stand in Mexico City and other parts of the world, making it richer and more beautiful.

NOTE: all the images I have integrated in this article to illustrate the step-by-step process that Jorge Marin uses to create his bronze sculptures were taken from photographs included in his open air exhibition located in “Paseo de la Reforma”, Mexico City.


Metal skeleton that supports the weight of the Modeling Clay Sculpture. Work by Mexican Artist Jorge Marin.
Metal skeleton that supports the weight of the Modeling Clay Sculpture. Work by Mexican Artist Jorge Marin.

"Modeling"

Step 1

Structure: a metal “skeleton” is build to support the weight of the modeling clay.

Modeling Clay (plasticine): artist Jorge Marin covers the metallic structure with modeling clay, giving the desired shape and details to the first phase of the sculpting work, and creating a "Modeling Clay Sculpture".


First Phase of the Sculpturing Work: Modeling Clay Sculpture by Jorge Marin

Modeling Clay (plasticine): the metallic structure is covered in modeling clay, sculpting the desired shape. Mexican contemporary artist Jorge Marin at work. Images taken from photographs included in his Mexico City Open Air Exhibit in “Paseo de la R
Modeling Clay (plasticine): the metallic structure is covered in modeling clay, sculpting the desired shape. Mexican contemporary artist Jorge Marin at work. Images taken from photographs included in his Mexico City Open Air Exhibit in “Paseo de la R

Mexican Artists at Work

Segmentation of the Modeling Clay Sculpture.
Segmentation of the Modeling Clay Sculpture.

"Segmentation"

Step 2

The clay sculpture is divided into segments using modeling clay or metal foil handles, in order to facilitate the wax casting latter on.

"Latex Application"

Step 3

Latex, in its liquid form, is applied to the surface of the clay sculpture so that it registers 100% of the detailed volumes and textures of the clay work.

When the clay sculpture is done, latex is applied to create a mold 100% true to the original sculpture. The latex mold is then reinforced with a mixture of fiberglass and resin to make it more resistant.
When the clay sculpture is done, latex is applied to create a mold 100% true to the original sculpture. The latex mold is then reinforced with a mixture of fiberglass and resin to make it more resistant.

"Reinforcement of the Latex Mold"

Step 4

Reinforcement of the latex mold is done with an “over-mold”, made with fiberglass and resin (very resistant material), which is necessary because latex is an elastic material that, by itself, doesn´t have rigidity or stiffness.

"Wax Transfer"

Step 5

Once the mold can be removed from the clay piece, a mixture of equal parts of amber wax, paraffin and resin (previously melted with heat) is poured into the mold. Once the wax mixture has solidified, the mold can be removed and a true copy of the original clay sculpture is obtained.

Mexican Artists at Work: Wax Transfer

Wax Transfer from the latex mold. Images taken from photographs included in his Mexico City Open Air Exhibit in “Paseo de la Reforma”.
Wax Transfer from the latex mold. Images taken from photographs included in his Mexico City Open Air Exhibit in “Paseo de la Reforma”.
Encapsulation.
Encapsulation.

"Encapsulation"

Step 6

The wax copy of the piece is “encapsulated” with a mixture of plaster and ground ceramic, leaving a “channel” through which the liquid bronze will be poured.

Wax burning out in the oven. This process of wax disintegration leaves the capsule free to be occupied by the bronze.
Wax burning out in the oven. This process of wax disintegration leaves the capsule free to be occupied by the bronze.

"Wax Disintegration"

Step 7

Once the wax sculpture has been “encapsulated”, it is placed in the oven, where the wax must be burned out.

"Bronze Casting"

Step 8

When all the wax has been eliminated, liquid bronze is poured into the capsule, through the access duct or “channel”; the metal fills up the space that the wax used to occupy.

Mexican Artists at Work: Bronze Casting

Bronze casting of Jorge Marin´s sculptures. Images taken from photographs included in his Mexico City Open Air Exhibit in “Paseo de la Reforma”.
Bronze casting of Jorge Marin´s sculptures. Images taken from photographs included in his Mexico City Open Air Exhibit in “Paseo de la Reforma”.

Capsule Elimination

The capsule is discarded leaving the resulting Bronze Sculpture segments free to be pieced together.
The capsule is discarded leaving the resulting Bronze Sculpture segments free to be pieced together.

"Cleaning the Bronze Piece"

Step 9

Once the Bronze is cold and has solidified, the encapsulating material can be stripped off. What remains is a bronze structure exactly like the original modeling clay piece.

"Color"

Step 10

In its original state, bronze is golden, but its color can be altered by applying acids and heat to its surface.

Jorge Marin talks about the meaning of masks and explains why he uses masks in his plastic work

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Imogen French 4 years ago from Southwest England

Wow - fantastic sculptures, and a great hub. I really like the balancing figures, they are very graceful, and you can actually see the tension in the muscles. It is very interesting to see the processes involved in creating them too. voting up ...


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Claudia Tello 4 years ago from Mexico Author

Hi Imogen French,

I am glad you liked Jorge Marin´s sculptures, the balancing part of these figures really makes them "dynamic", as the artist himself describes his work. You are right; all the muscles are so accurately represented! I feel they make the sculptures much more divine-like (similar to Greek deities).

Thanks for your interest and feedback, I really appreciate it.


irka winniczuk 4 years ago

Yes they are beautiful, amazing sculptures and how nice that you have such a keen eye for describing and pointing out "las bellezas" in Mexico City. Your hub lifts up the spirit!!I can see how art and beauty inspires you! And so nice to inspire others!


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Claudia Tello 4 years ago from Mexico Author

Hi irka winniczuk,

I am glad you liked these few sculptures of Jorge Marin from the Mexico City Exhibition. While doing research for my article, I discovered he has many many more! One of those very productive Mexican artists.

I am honored to have lifted your spirit, nothing better than that!

Thanks for your kind comments and feedback, they have made my day :)


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cclitgirl 4 years ago from Western NC

Wow. To be such a successful artist that you have people working for you. Ahh. I love Mexican art - Diego and Frida are among my favorites - just because I fell in love with the idea of self-portraits and Diego's murals just say so much...and now this sculptor with so much potential to reach the world. Awesome!


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Claudia Tello 4 years ago from Mexico Author

Hi cclitgirl, nice to see you dropped by :)

I know! Jorge Marin has accomplished quite a lot with his dedication and perseverance. I love to see talented artists triumph in this way. Diego and Frida left a fantastic legacy to Mexican artists and now it is time for Jorge Marin and his likes to, as you so eloquently said: reach the world!

There is great art to see in Mexico City and I am trying to exemplify it with a couple of Hubs.

Thanks for your interest and taking the time to comment.


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Vanderleelie 4 years ago from New Brunswick, Canada

Very impressive bronze sculptures that show really dynamic figurative movement - something that's hard to achieve in a static form. You have also included a good series of photos that show the lost wax process of casting. Voted up and interesting.


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Claudia Tello 4 years ago from Mexico Author

Vanderleelie, good observations, who knows how Jorge Marin achieves to integrate dynamism in static bronze sculptures, and ones of such a big size!!!... That just shows what a great artist he really is; he deserves to be talked about :). Thanks for your input and nice comments, I really appreciate them.


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innerspin 4 years ago from uk

Fabulous sculptures, loved learning about them. Jorge Marin has a marvellous talent. Thank you for highlighting his skills.


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Claudia Tello 4 years ago from Mexico Author

innerspin, I am happy you liked Jorge Marin's work; he isn´t that well known but certainly not because of lack of talent. Mexican contemporary artists many times struggle to succeed because there is not much support in Mexico for art in general. It is certainly great to enjoy this kind of artistic creations.

Thanks for dropping by and commenting, I really appreciate it.


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LetitiaFT 4 years ago from Paris via California

What beautiful work. His approach to masks is thought-provoking. Thanks so much for showing us how it's done. It's always nice to learn something in such an enjoyable way.


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Claudia Tello 4 years ago from Mexico Author

Letitia, I am glad you enjoyed Jorge Marin´s work. It is one of the most important contemporary artists in Mexico whose work hasn´t been widely spread but it is certainly worth seeing. I also love his ideas, interesting concepts behind the masks.


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chef-de-jour 4 years ago from Wakefield, West Yorkshire,UK

An insightful and informative hub which I enjoyed very much. Living close to one of the world's largest sculpture parks here in the UK I get to see many pieces of fascinating sculpture. These of Marin would certainly grace the rolling green grass and great treescapes here.

Your pictures and descriptions of the process give added interest.

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Claudia Tello 4 years ago from Mexico Author

Chef-de-jour, thank you very much for your insightful comments and input, Ireally appreciate them.

I am glad you enjoyed this bronze sculptures collection of Jorge Marin that certainly graces the environment with beauty. I am all for getting contemporary artist´s work to the streets of Mexico City and every other city. Why do we have to limit ourselves to museums and galleries when beautiful art pieces could be enjoyed every day!

Cheers and thanks again.


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AliciaC 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

The sculptures are beautiful, Claudia! Thank you for this interesting hub and for introducing me to the artist. I would live to see his work in real life.


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Claudia Tello 3 years ago from Mexico Author

AliciaC, nice to see you dropped by. I thought Jorge Marin was a not very well known artist very well worth knowing too. His beautiful bronze sculptures really inspired me to make a serious reportage for HP. It’s very pleasing to hear you enjoyed it. Thanks a lot for your interest and comments.

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