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Melvin Martinez

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El Jardincito, 2013 Mixed Media on Canvas and Wood 44 X 36 Inches © Courtesy of the artist and David Castillo
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Post Colonial Tropical Style , 2013 Mixed Media on Canvas and Wood 44 X 36 Inches © Courtesy of the artist and David Castillo
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Zoom , 2013 Mixed Media on Canvas and Wood 9 X 12 Inches © Courtesy of the artist and David Castillo
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Zoom 2 , 2013 Mixed Media on Canvas and Wood 9 X 12 Inches © Courtesy of the artist and David Castillo
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Horror Vacui-El Jardin Tropical, 2013 Mixed Media on Canvas and Wood 77 X 46 Inches © Courtesy of the artist and David Castillo
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Louis XV, 2013 Mixed Media on Canvas and Wood 44 X 36 Inches © Courtesy of the artist and David Castillo
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All Inclusive! , 2013 Mixed Media on Canvas and Wood 74 X 60 Inches © Courtesy of the artist and David Castillo
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I hate pink again , 2013 Mixed Media on Canvas & Wood 41 X 36 Inches © Courtesy of the artist and David Castillo
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PORTRAIT , 2011 Mixed Media on Canvas 36” X 42” Inches © Melvin Martinez
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BRUNOS DIAS , 2012 Mixed Media - Sculpture 17” X 16” X 9” Inches © Melvin Martinez
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LIBROS , 2012 Mixed Media - Sculpture 12” X 12” X 16” Inches © Melvin Martinez
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El Gran Poder (The Great Power), 2010 Mixed Media on Canvas 96 X 120 Inches © Courtesy of the artist and David Castillo
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Pentimento , 2012 Mixed Media on Canvas & Wood 108 X 85 Inches © Courtesy of the artist and David Castillo
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Napolitana , 2010 Mixed Media on Canvas 80 X 80 Inches © Courtesy of the artist and David Castillo
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Macrame , 2013 Mixed Media on Canvas and Wood 44 X 36 Inches © Courtesy David Castillo Gallery
Quick Facts
Birthplace
san juan, puerto rico
Birth year
1976
Lives in
san juan
Works in
san juan
Representing galleries
Statement

Bio

Melvin Martinez makes paintings that bring affect to the brink of autopoiesis. In a deluge of color and application that vibrates as if sonic, his works occupy oil, acrylic, glitter, confetti and decorative craft materials beyond ontological loyalties. The paintings renegotiate Martinez's debt to the optics of Pointillism, anarchy of Abstract Expressionism, resplendence of color field painting or embodied summons of gestural abstraction. They are free agents across time and consequence, expanding a living art ecology rather than terminated art histories. Martinez negates indebtedness by reimagining the currency of creative capital.

Melvin Martinez was born and lives and works in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He received his BFA from the School of Fine Arts, San Juan in 2005. The same year, Martinez won the prestigious Castellon Painting Prize (Spain). His work has been exhibited in important institutions internationally, has been reviewed in significant publications, and is in major collections in the United States, Europe and Latin America. His work is included in Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; Museo de Bellas Artes, Castellon, Spain; Espai D’Art Contemporani, Castellon, Spain; Museum Collection Lambert, Avignon, France; MAP, Museum of Ponce, Puerto Rico; MAC, Museum of Contemporary Art, Puerto Rico; VAC, Valencia Arte Contemporáneo, Valencia, Spain; Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida, Gainesville; Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, California; The Rubell Family Collection, among others.

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EDUCATION

2005 School of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting, San Juan, Puerto Rico

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2011 The Material, Trailer Park Projects, San Juan, Puerto Rico  

2010 Melvin Martinez, Flying Circus Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico 

2008 Melvin Martinez: Demo-Gracias, Wolfsonian Museum, Miami Beach, FL 

2007 Fresh Paint, Yvon Lambert Gallery, New York, NY 

2006 Melvin Martinez, Cultural Institute of National Gallery of Art, San Juan, Puerto Rico  Melvin Martinez, Alcorcon Art Center, Madrid, Spain 

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2011 

Global Caribbean, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2010 

Spirit of an Epoch, Museum of International Contemporary Art, Lanzarote, Spain

Group Show, Flying Circus Gallery, Mexico

Global Caribbean Musee International Des Arts Modestes, Sete, France

2009    

Global Caribbean, Haitian Cultural Art Center, Miami, FL

2008    

Nature Morte, Rohrer Fine Art, Laguna Beach, CA

Expanded Painting, Space Other Gallery, Boston, MA

En Sus Marcas, Cultural Institute, Puerto Rico

2006

Tribute to Cezanne, Yvon Lambert Gallery, New York ,NY

Group Exhibition, Alcorcon Art Center, Madrid, Spain

Kitsch Utopia, Quadriennale, Dusseldorf, Germany

2005    

Graduate Exhibition for School of Fine Arts, San Juan, Puerto Rico, Museum of the Americas, Denver, CO

VI National Prize of Fine Arts, Museum of Contemporary Art Puerto Rico

Espai D’Art Contemporani, Castellón, Spain

 

AWARDS

2006 International Association of Art Critics Prize for Outstanding Representation of Puerto Rico

2005 Castellón County Council Painting Prize, Spain

 

SELECTED COLLECTIONS

Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland

Museo de Bellas Artes, Castellón, Spain

Espai D’Art Contemporani, Castellón, Spain

Museum Collection Lambert, Avignon, France

Museum of Ponce, Puerto Rico

Museum of Contemporary Art, Puerto Rico

Valencia Arte Contemporáneo, Valencia, Spain

Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA

The Rubell Family Collection

Carlos & Rosa de la Cruz Collection

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