José Vera Fine Art & Antiques is pleased to present a solo exhibition, “In Consideration of Woman”, featuring artwork by established California artist Daniel F. Martinez, from Saturday, July 5th to Thursday, July 31st. The opening reception is Saturday, July 12th, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.
Martinez is a fine artist, muralist, fashion illustrator, and designer. He was the Artist-in-Residence at the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach for four years. His main thematic focus is the woman, whom he respects and reveres. He depicts her in vibrant color using a variety of media. He examines and celebrates women of diverse ethnicities on multiple levels and in different settings. She is powerfully portrayed in romantic, exotic, and mundane environments. We see her swaying and dancing to Latin rhythms. We find her on a solo vacation; shopping with unlimited purchasing power; dining and dreaming of past lovers and recent secret encounters. Martinez also sensitively probes the female psyche, a woman’s innermost dreams and desires, her complicated and unpredictable spirit, attitude, frustrations, passions, and fantasies. In other works, Daniel deliberates upon the woman in a social context, such as in “Service With a Smile”, where a cocktail waitress serves drunkards at happy hour. She endures their gestures and bawdy comments to pay for her college education. In his “Garden of Love,” a montage of textured fabric materials that portray one of Martinez’s female friends, the layers of fabric represent the inner tiers of her personality and her transformation through the years that he has known her.
Daniel is perhaps the most famous muralist in Long Beach, CA. His murals most often focus on diverse ethnicities and cultures, with an emphasis on non-dominant cultures of the Americas. Martinez says, “I love the community in which I live, the ability to share my artistic talents with the public, the cultural traditions of my heritage. Experiencing the cultural differences of the ethnicities in Southern California makes my life more enriched.”
Special Children’s Hands On Art Event
On Saturday, 7/26, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Daniel Martinez will engage children in painting a mural, and in other supervised art activities. All children and their parents are invited to participate.