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Benjamin Martins

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Boston, Ma

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New York Academy of Art, 2011, MFA
University of Massachusettes Amherst, 2008, BFA


The painter Benjamin Martins graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in 2008, and earned his MFA the New York Academy of Art, graduating as the commencement speaker in 2011.  The artist’s watercolor paintings fall away from the viewer like a half remembered dream; images of ghostly and phantom children, coming together to explode in kaleidoscopic colors.  Working from found black and white photos of people long dead, the images are transformed into Technicolor nightmares, the old made new.  Children dressed up as monsters, and monsters dressed up as children; these monochromatic visions glow with infernal light, watching the viewer, watch them.

“The female body also appears, somewhat fragmented and fiery, in Benjamin Martins’ Pretty Fierce – pretty but fierce, suggesting the difficulty of relating to her, if also her self destructiveness”
Donald Kuspit
Essay, Some Dialectical Images

b. Boston, Ma. 1984

Recent Exhibits

Benjamin Martins participated in these exhibits:

Dec, 2012 Put A Bow On It
Kraine Gallery
Sep, 2012 Wildlife in the Post-Natural Age
Williamsburg Art & Historical Center
Feb, 2012 THE ONES
New York Academy of Art
Feb, 2012 Foolsgold Valentine's
RH Gallery
Nov, 2011 Name. Date. Title.
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