This year, come celebrate Art Basel Miami Beach at The Frost Art Museum with guest, Enrique Martínez Celaya. The practice of Enrique Martínez Celaya spans a broad range of media and disciplines. He creates projects for art venues such as the Museum der bildenden Künste Leipzig and the Miami Art Museum as well as environments not traditionally associated with visual arts such as the Berliner Philharmonie. He has offered lectures on art—often in its relation to literature and ethics—at venues around the world and his essays have appeared in many publications. His artwork is in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and others. For his work as an artist, he has received many awards and prizes including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art Young Talent Award, the California Community Foundation Fellowship, J. Paul Getty Trust Fund for the Visual Arts and the Anderson Ranch National Artist Award.
Martínez Celaya began his art training as an apprentice to an academic painter. He studied Applied Physics at Cornell University and, supported by a fellowship from the Brookhaven National Laboratory, pursued a Ph.D. in Quantum Electronics at the University of California, Berkeley. As a scientist he worked on superconductivity, lasers and laser delivery systems, research for which he was issued an often-cited patent. He left the doctoral program at Berkeley to make art, receiving a Master of Fine Arts from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1994 and in the same year attended the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture in Maine. Martínez Celaya was named Visiting Presidential Professor at the University of Nebraska (2007-2010) and taught as a tenured professor in the faculty of Pomona College and Claremont Graduate University (1994-2003). He serves on the Board of Directors of the Anderson Ranch Arts Center, in Snowmass, Colorado and Kaneko, in Omaha, Nebraska.
Martínez Celaya is the author of Guide, The Blog: Bad Time for Poetry and Poems for the Bed, an early book of poetry, and has edited a collection of writings on philosophy, Sketches of Landscapes as well as a selection of poems from Les Fleurs du Mal by Charles Baudelaire. In the fall of 2010, the University of Nebraska Press will publish a collection spanning two decades of his writings, interviews and lectures entitled Enrique Martínez Celaya: Collected Writings and Interviews, 1990-2010. Martínez Celaya’s studio and imprint, Whale & Star, functions as a contemplative and educational environment concerned with the role art has in life, spirit and community.