Early stage

After identifying the basic formula of the Greco-Roman encaustic, José Cuní embarked on a period of intense experimentation, testing the artistic possibilities of the new painting technique and establishing a fruitful interaction between the development of the technique and his own artistic research. In the years following the discovery, Cuní studied the behavior of this material on walls, on wood, on canvas, and on paper, as well as on less-conventional media including pottery, metal, stone, and glass.

His interest in printing led him to develop water-soluble encaustic inks for screen printing, etching, and woodcut. Among his various formulations are a child-safe encaustic and an encaustic suited to airbrush applications.