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Castle, 2014 Acrylic And Spray Paint On Canvas 60 X 72 Inches © Courtesy of the artist & The Barbara Davis Gallery
Trance, 2014 Acrylic On Canvas 24"X18" © martin durazo
Slayer, 2013 Acrylic On Canvas 108 X 144 In. © Martin Durazo / Luis De Jesus Los Angeles
Bigger Than, 06, Bank © martindurazo
how to feng shui a home, 06 © martindurazo
STOR, 04/ Acuna Hansen Gallery Found Object And Liquids 10'x10'x10' © MARITNDURAZO
AFTER PARTY , 2002 Found Object And Liquids Variable © MARITNDURAZO
HIGHWAY, 2008 Oil On Canvas 8"X10" © MARITNDURAZO
Bigger Than, 06, Bank Gallery Ready Made Variable © MARITN DURAZO
(Installation view) "David Lee Roth" , 2006 Ready Made Objects, The Work Was Part Of The Larger Installation At The Harris Art Gallery, University Of La Verne © Courtesy of the Artist and 18th Street Arts Center
(detail) “Inside the Box/ Thinking”, 2004-2010 Digital Print Edition Of 10 9”X10” © Courtesy of the Artist and 18th Street Arts Center
Mountain, 2010 Acrylic Spray Paint And Volcanic Ash On Reflective Insulation Board 24" X 16"
Utittled, 3/06 Ready Made Altar @ Vielmetter Los Angeles Pr Variable © martin durazo
Brood, 2010 Acrylic Spray Paint And Volcanic Ash On Reflective Insulation Board 24" X 16"
Portrait of artist "Plata O Plomo"
Poster for "Plata O Plomo"
Plomo, 2010 Acrylic Spray Paint On Reflective Insulation Board 24" X 16"
Plato O Plomo -- Installation view
penetrator, 2013 Acrylic On Canvas 108 X 72 X 2 Inches © martin durazo
Butcher Baby, 2013 Acrylic On Canvas 6'x8' © martindurazostudio
Sub(version) #2, 2013 Archival Digital Print On Silver Metallic Paper 16 X 20 In, Edition Of 3 © Courtesy of the Artist and Luis De Jesus Los Angeles
Detail, Black Flag Macramé, 2013 Plexiglass Mirror, Aluminum Rod, Macramé Rope, Raku Ceramic Bead © Courtesy of the Artist and Pitzer Art Galleries (Nichols Gallery & Lenzner Family Art Gallery)
Trance 2, 2014 Acrylic On Canvas 24"X18" © martin durazo
Trance 3, 2014 Acrylic On Canvas 18"X24" © martin durazo
Illest, 2016 Mixed Media Collage 28 X 20 Inches © Courtesy of artist
Quick Facts
Los Angeles
Birth year
Lives in
Works in
Pitzer College, 1990, BA
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
Representing galleries
pop, mixed-media, arts-education, installation, video-art, performance, publication, modern, Association, studio-lofts, photography, non-profit, digital, gallery, conceptual, sculpture, cultural-center, exhibition/performance

ideology for an exhibition

Disillusion/Systematic/Organization (M.O.) addresses contemporary domestic living with constructions of reordered familiar objects. In the rear of the gallery a tall framework, which resembles an ascending concert stage design, flows into a staggered stack of DJ equipment. In this monstrous network, delicately nuanced niches containing toys, plastic flowers and electrical cord entanglements are illuminated by various lighting fixtures and obscured by translucent Plexi planes. The installation segues across the gallery, and multiple events create complementary sensations. A sense of harmony emerges as the slick technical savvy of video and sound gadgetry is balanced by the raw energy of industrial clamps and thrown ninja stars. Durazo’s dense web of shifting structural poetry invites and mesmerizes.

Martin Durazo has exhibited nationally and internationally, notably in New York City Vienna, Mexico City, Amsterdam and Los Angeles. He received his M.F.A. in art from the University of California, Los Angeles, CA and his B.A. in Art and English Literature from Pitzer College, Claremont, CA

influences & favorites


1998 MFA, Art, University of California, Los Angeles, CA
1990 BA, Art and English Literature, Pitzer College, Claremont, CA
1988 London Internship Program for the Visual and Performing Arts, Boston University, London, England

Selected Solo Exhibitions
2006 Bigger Than, Bank, Los Angeles, CA
Soundtrack For a Funeral, MDF, Mexico City, (organized by RIM Magazine)
Disillusion/Systematic/Organization(M.O) University of LaVerne, LaVerne, CA

2005 Affirmation Juice, 667 Shotwell, San Francisco, CA

2004 organized living/ the precision of language, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects

2003 disciplina, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Los Angeles, CA

2002 Fresh Air 100, Ben Maltz Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA

2001 Dreams of Children, Deep River, Los Angeles, CA

2000 Progress, Cherry, Venice, CA

1998 DIET, Lemon Sky, Los Angeles, CA
Suck It Up! (screening), Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Cleaning, POST, Los Angeles, CA
Full Body Cavity Search, Dollhouse Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1996 Punishment (performance), POST, Los Angeles, CA

Selected Group Exhibitions and Performances

2004 "Certain Traces: Dialogue Los Angeles / Prague 2004, Pomona College Museum of Art
"New", Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Culver City, CA

2003 Midas, Post, Los Angeles
ArtBasel MiamiBeach, with Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects
The Armory Show, New York, with Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects
Recliner, Cypress College Fine Art Gallery, Cypress, CA

2002 ArtForum Berlin, with Suite 106 and Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects

2001 Deperal, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Trust (performance), Andrew-Shire Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Somewhere in the Night, POST, Los Angeles, CA
Eclectic Mix, American Intercontinental University, Los Angeles, CA

2000 Under the Influence: New Art from Los Angeles, Kansas City Art Institute &
Plymouth College, Plymouth, MN

1999 POST-Millennium, POST, Los Angeles, CA
Acuna-Hansen, Los Angeles, CA
Sig-alert, Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, AZ
Sig-alert 2, California State-Fullerton, Fullerton,CA
Venus, ARC, Vienna, Austria
Flat-Filing, POST, Los Angeles, CA
One Night Stand, Park Plaza Lodge Hotel, Los Angeles, CA

1998 Open Container, Refusalon, San Francisco, CA

1997 One Night Stand, Farmer’s Daughter, Los Angeles, CA
The Big Wave, Andrew Shire, Los Angeles, CA
Reconsidering the Box, California State University, Los Angeles, CA
Afond 2 (performance), Andrew Shire, Los Angeles, CA

1996 Sportmart, Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Artist as a Subject & Object, Cerritos College, Cerritos, CA

1995 Ink and Clay, California Polytechnic State University, Pomona, CA

1994 L.A. Gun Show, Julie Rico Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

1992 Breaking Barriers, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA
Imagenes de la Frontera: Monotipia, Tijuana and Nuevo Laredo, Mexico

1990 China, LACE, Los Angeles, CA
New Visions, Casa de la Raza, Santa Barbara, CA
Visual Warfare, Self-Help Graphics, Los Angeles, CA


2005 Flash Art, August/ September, 2005
2002 Bastard, Chris, "Drive-by and reLAX...", RIM, No. 0, Spring 2002, pg.9
Harvey, Doug, "Styroforms", LA Weekly, April 19 - 25
Nys Dambrot, Shana, "Martin Durazo at Ben Maltz Gallery, Otis College", Artweek
Lombino, Mary-Kay, "Adult Entertainment", Ben Maltz Gallery, Otis College, exhibition catalog
2000 Thorson, Alica, "Under the Influence", The Kansas City Star, October 22
Harvey, Doug, LA WEEKLY, February 4 - 10, pg 47
Walsh, Daniela, "Martin Durazo", Art Forum - Santa Anan College Art Department Newsletter,
1999 Vanesian, Kathleen, "With Every Beat of Its Heat", 1999

Curated Exhibitions

2004 Midas, (Curated with Sherin Guirguis), POST, Los Angeles, CA
2003 "Systems of Interiors and Exteriors for Better Living", Pitzer College, Claremont CA
1997-2005 Director/Co-Founder, Miller Durazo Contemporary Artists Projects,L.A. CA

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