Visual artist, Jamie Martinez immigrated to Florida at the age of twelve from his native Cali, Colombia. After attending Miami International University of Art and Design and receiving his Bachelor's degree in fine art, he then moved to New York to continue his art education at The Fashion Institute of Technology and to follow his dream in the visual arts.
Martinez loves to experiment with unique materials and objects that give his creations texture and depth. He’s currently working with basic natural elements such as air, water, sand and others, to create earthly inspired art work that takes a life of its own. Not one to follow others, his work clearly expresses his unique vision of life and art; particularly through a visual innovation he calls “Triangulism” in which he “cuts” (his own term) images into triangulate segments as a way to express their essential form.
He has an innate sense of style and design and a keen eye for composition as evinced in his outstanding photographic work, which he considers a side pursuit. An avid surfer, Martinez’s sense of physicality translates to his art via his use of natural and complex materials. He is founder and editor of the highly popular blog, Arte Fuse. Jamie’s work has been featured in Nolita Heats, Escape into Life, The New York Optimist, and Blouin ARTINFO. His work was recently exhibited and it’s now part of the permanent collection in the Marina Tsvetaeva Museum in Moscow, Russia; the Gabaron Foundation’s permanent collection; which was exhibited in Spain and New York; and Foursquare headquarters in New York City. He has also had shows in numerous galleries in New York, Miami and also Canada. Jamie Martinez lives and works in New York City.
My artwork is geometrically structured and often linear, depending on the inspiration and the series that I am working on. I have coined the term, “Triangulism” to express my belief that the triangle is the most important geometric form.
My process involves deconstructing each image into triangles exploring the true meaning, form and structure of my subject. I use all kinds of different materials in my art work; from synthetic (X-Rays, match-heads, codeine, acrylic glass), to natural (Air, water, sand, stone). Everything in life is part of a three point system: beginning, middle, and end. Triangulism connects the dots by using straight lines, therefore addressing the current digital age, where everything is directly connected to something else.
My color pallets and materials depend on the mood of the work and the inspiration behind it. I take great pride in my art and try to translate as much of my energy as possible into every creation.