Melvin Martinez

  • Finish the Fiestecita
    2016
    Mixed media on canvas and wood
    72 x 50 inches

  • El Jardincito
    2013
    Mixed media on canvas and wood
    44 x 36 inches

  • Fucking Painting
    2013
    Mixed media on canvas and wood
    72 x 60 inches

  • All Inclusive!
    2013
    Mixed media on canvas and wood
    74 x 60 inches

  • Louis XV
    2013
    Mixed media on canvas and wood
    44 x 36 inches

  • Post Colonial Tropical Style
    2013
    Mixed media on canvas and wood
    44 x 36 inches

  • Horror Vacui-El Jardin Tropical
    2013
    Mixed media on canvas and wood
    77 x 46 inches

  • Zoom 2
    2013
    Mixed media on canvas and wood
    9 x 12 inches

  • Zoom
    2013
    Mixed media on canvas and wood
    9 x 12 inches

  • Fucking Excess
    2013
    Mixed media on canvas & wood
    72 x 60 inches

  • I hate pink again
    2013
    Mixed media on canvas & wood
    41 x 36 inches

  • Pentimento
    2012
    Mixed media on canvas & wood
    108 x 85 inches

  • Pentimento (detail)
    2012
    Mixed media on canvas & wood
    108 x 85 inches

  • Floral Bouquet
    2012
    Mixed media on canvas & wood
    97 x 88 inches

  • Over Excess
    2012
    Mixed media on canvas & wood
    72 x 60 inches

  • Over Excess (detail)
    2012
    Mixed media on canvas & wood
    72 x 60 inches

  • Collage #4
    2011
    Mixed media on canvas
    36 x 44 inches

  • Good Morning, Mr. Rothko
    2011
    Mixed media on canvas
    36 x 44 inches

  • Good Morning, Mr. Rothko (detail)
    2011
    Mixed media on canvas
    36 x 44 inches

  • Milky Way
    2011
    Mixed media on canvas
    84 x 84 inches

  • El Gran Poder (The Great Power)
    2010
    Mixed media on canvas
    96 x 120 inches

  • The Garden
    2010
    Mixed media
    Dimentions variable

  • Napolitana
    2010
    Mixed media on canvas
    80 x 80 inches

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 Arte Contemporaneo de Castilla y Leon (MUSAC); 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, and the de la Cruz Collection, Miami, among others.

Born in 1976 in San Juan, Puerto Rico; lives & works in San Juan

 

EDUCATION

 

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

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS 

 

2016
Martinez Shop, Madrid XF Proyectos, Madrid, Spain

 

2013
All Inclusive!, David Castillo Gallery, Miami, FL
Mucho Gustó, Casa Mauuad, Mexico City, Mexico

 

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

 

2016
Inaugural Exhibition, Ana Mas Projects, San Juan, PR
There Was No Joy in the Brilliance of Sunshine, Efrain Lopez Gallery, Chicago, IL

 

2015
GOD SAVE THE QUEEN. About Painting in the MUSAC Collection, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, León, Spain
Calibán, Instituto Cervantes, New York, NY
Intimate Strangers: Politics as Celebrity, Celebrity as Politics, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, Spain
Cycle Politics and Celebrity, Matacuna 100, Santiago, Chile
Dual | Nature: Selections from the Chaney Family Collection, Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX

 

2014
Amerika, David Castillo Gallery, Miami, FL
Caliban, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, San Juan, PR

 

2013
Puerta al Paisaje, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, San Juan, PR
On Painting: Prácticas pictóricas actuales… más allá de la pintura o más acá, Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain

 

2012
Dark Flow Lurking, David Castillo Gallery, Miami, FL

 

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, 2006 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

 

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY 

 

Acosta, Mariela Fullana. “Muestra de arte contemporaneo puertorriqueno se exhibe en Chicago,” El Nuevo Dia, April 2, 2015.
Velazquez, Edwin Collazo. “‘Caliban’ a group show at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Puerto Rico,” Puerto Rico Art News, January 10, 2015.
Artsy Editorial. “A Group Show Considers Kafka’s ‘Amerika’ and Otherness in Art,” Artsy, 2014.
“Watchlist Artist: Melvin Martinez,” Art Slant Miami, November 2, 2013.
Antawan, Byrd. Art Cities of the Future: 21st-Century Avant-Gardes. Australia: Phaidon, 2013.
Alvarez Lezama, Manuel. “The Way In – Contemporary Art in Puerto Rico.” Arte Al Dia, No. 140, November 2012.
Stain, David Joshua,”Hot new things to do in Puerto Rico” CNN, April 2012.
Schwabsky, Barry, “Material Sensations and the Artificial Flesh of Color,” Art Pulse, 2011.
Schwendener, Martha, “Melvin Martinez at Fresh Paint,” The New York Times, June 22, 2007.
Robinson, Walter, “Puerto Rican Sun,” Artnet, April 12, 2007.
Panera, Javier, “Melvin Matinez: Painting as libidinal mechanism,” Art.es, No. 17, September 2006.
“Melvin Martinez: Kitsch, cosmography and frost,” Art Premium, Vol. 3, March 2006.
“Melvin Martinez: Awarded 60,000 Euros, First place at Second Annual Castellon International Painting Prize,” Tema Celeste, February 2006.
“Wonderland/El Pais de las Maravillas, Certamen Internacional de Pintura de Castellon,” Arte.es, #12, Feburary 2006.
Schwabsky, Barry, “When is a painting not a painting?” Modern Painters, December 2005.
“Painting Prize Winner,” Art Nexus, December 2005.
“Un lio con la pintura en Castellon,” El Pais, Spain, November 20, 2005.
“Puertorican Artist Melvin Martinez wins painting prize,” Levantate, Valencia, October 2005.
“More than 200 paintings competed,” El Periodico Mediterraneo, October 8, 2005.
Pau-Llosa, Ricardo, “Melvin Martinez,” Arte al Dia Internacional, May 2005.

 

AWARDS

 

2006 International Association of Art Critics Prize for Outstanding Representation of Puerto Rico
2005 Castellón County Council Painting Prize, Spain

 

SELECTED COLLECTIONS

 

The Rubell Family Collection, Miami, FL
Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, León, Spain
Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin
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
Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, California