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Cindy Stapper is a contemporary artist who lives and works in rural Northern New Mexico.  Her paintings are held in collections throughout the United States.






The primary inspiration for my work is the beauty and power of the natural world. My paintings reflect my fascination with elemental forces, and the unexpected associations and subtle contrasts present in nature. My pieces are built slowly using oil, cold wax, powdered pigments and natural materials that are layered and excavated to reveal hidden depths of color and texture. My recent work is a rumination on presence and absence, the power of landscape to reveal unknown aspects of ourselves, and those landscapes that have worked on us profoundly long after we’ve left them, becoming a permanent part of our personal geography.    – Cindy Stapper


2019 Crossings, solo exhibit, Atelier 1205, Austin, TX

2018   Uncommon Gallery group show, Austin, TX

2017   private group show, San Antonio, TX

2015   Manifestation Arts group show, Dixon, NM

2013   Layers: The Hidden Made Visible, two person show, Copper Moon Gallery, Taos, NM

2013   February Featured Artist, Copper Moon Gallery, Taos, NM

2012   Arboles y Agua, solo exhibit, Copper Moon Gallery, Taos, NM

2011   New Work, solo exhibit, Ojo Sarco Pottery, Ojo Sarco, NM

2010   High Road Studio Tour group show, Ojo Sarco Pottery, Ojo Sarco, NM


2019 Cindy Stapper: Between Realism and Abstraction, Podcast Interview on The Messy Studio with Rebecca Crowell,

2012 Arboles y Agua, Arts Section Feature, Rio Grande Sun

2012 Colors, Mists and Shadows, Taos Magazine        


2019 Monte Vista Spring selected for Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center Permanent Art Collection, 2019 Juried Competition

2015-18 Workshop and independent study, Ballinglen Arts Foundation, County Mayo, Ireland


1984   Doctor of Jurisprudence, University of Houston Law Center, Houston, TX

1981   Bachelor of Arts, Trinity University, San Antonio, TX






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