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Benjamin Martins

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Ice Miser, 2013 Watercolor on Paper 8 X 5 Inches © Benjamin Martins
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Webster 1938, 2014 Watercolor on Paper 11 X 9 Inches © Benjamin Martins
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Moss Green, 2013 Watercolor on Paper 8 X 5 Inches © Benjamin Martins
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Red Rose, 2013 Watercolor on Paper 8 X 5 Inches © Benjamin Martins
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Flee, 2011 Watercolor on Paper 5x6" © Benjamin Martins
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Red Twins, 2013 Watercolor on Paper 32x24" © Benjamin Martins
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Bottle Rocket, 2014 Watercolor on Paper 8x5" © Benjamin Martins
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
Boston, Ma
Birth year
1984
Lives in
Connecticut
Works in
New York City
Schools
New York Academy of Art, 2011, MFA
University of Massachusettes Amherst, 2008, BFA
Statement

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
2011

b. Boston, Ma. 1984