contemporary art

Eddie Martinez

United States 1977

Sculpture, Painting

Eddie Martinez
Eddie Martinez
United States
November 23, 2014

Often inspired by pop culture, the motifs and characters in Eddie Martinez’s work usually include humans and animals with big staring eyes, clowns, skulls and cartoonish ducks. Less serious, but more humorous images enchant with their bright colors and simple forms. The only seriousness in the present is background philosophy revealed trough relationship and communication between his subjects. Influenced by classical tradition of still-life, allegorical narratives and portraits, especially by De Kooning’s art, his expression is processed with simplified and rough brushstrokes, bold contours and semi-abstraction.

Eddie Martinez - Island I, 2014 new york gallery city studio contact brooklyn works 2016 spray like new
Eddie Martinez – Island I, 2014

Art of Modern Masters and Urban Culture

Martinez was always interested in art and for the first time his potential and talent was displayed during the house painting job when he was scribbling over the painted walls. Basically self-taught as a painter, he has left two art schools in Boston and stayed with very little formal education. He uses classical techniques, as the oil and acrylic paint, but he often incorporates some different and unusual media, like pencils, pen, paper, markers and spray paint, even gum wrappers, paper towels and baby wipes, reflecting the urban chaos of the world around. Joining together his personal creativity and urban culture with modern masters’ expression, Martinez reveals remarkably strong visual language. Drawing his inspiration from a wide-range of sources, he involves major art historical movements of the 20th century, as Abstract Expressionism, Neo Expressionism and CoBrA.

Martinez’s sculptures are similar to his paintings

Eddie Martinez - Untitled, 2013 city angeles studio new york angeles gallery spray
Eddie Martinez – Untitled, 2013

Craving for the Third Dimension

His recent investigations have taken him to the world of sculpture, made from different and strange materials, as rubber hose pipes, Styrofoam, cardboard or metal scraps. These three-dimensional art pieces are the part of his exhibition Nomander whose title refers to his childhood when his family moved frequently and he was often losing his belongings. His memories influenced on the materiality and his dimensional expression and revealed his strivings to push the work behind his boundaries. This works show the constant evolution in Martinez’s practice.

Martinez finds his inspiration in De Kooning’s art

Eddie Martinez - High Flying Bird, 2014 new
Eddie Martinez – High Flying Bird, 2014

Exhibitions and Awards

Eddie Martinez’s solo premiere has been held at ZieherSmith Gallery in New York in 2006, and before and after that his work was exhibited in numerous group shows. His paintings have been shown around the world and are owned by different institutions as the Macro Future Museum of Contemporary art in Rome. He has been a resident at Bauernmarkt, Lenikus Collection, Vienna, 2008 and was awarded First Place, Best Group Show in a Commercial Gallery for the Boston-area, by the International Association of Art Critics (AICA) Awards in 2007.

His exhibitions has been held since 2006

Eddie Martinez - Untitled, 2014 contact brookilyn works new york city studio 2016 like
Eddie Martinez – Untitled, 2014

Vibrant Color and Expressive Line

Martinez’s work offers sincere optimism with the simple mixture of abstraction and figuration. With their internal logic, these paintings are the testimony of the way the artist sees the world. The color manipulation is the main characteristic of his work. Contrast combination of vivid colors is aggressively applied to the canvas. Blending splatters of oil paint with traces of marker he creates a messy surface with figures and shapes rarely situated in any perceivable scenery. Today, his work is recognizable for his bright colored cartoonish figures similar to graffiti design. Emitting the powerful energy, unknown and familiar forms coexist on the canvas emphasized with vivid colors and expressive lines.

Eddie Martinez currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

All images courtesy of the artist

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group 
2016Salmon EyeChelsea Gallery, New YorkSolo
2015The Avant-Garde Won’t Give Up: Cobra and Its LegacyBlum & Poe, Los AngelesGroup
2014Neanderthal JeansHalf Gallery, New York, USSolo
2014Sculptures And Works On PaperGalerie Mikael Andersen, BerlinGroup
2014The Brask CollectionMunkeruphus, DronningmølleGroup
2014LifeVenus Over Manhattan, New York City, NYGroup
2014Beyond The ProcessWerke Aus Der Sammlung Lenikus - Kunstraum Innsbruck, InnsbruckGroup
2014Island ITimothy Taylor Gallery, London, UKSolo
2014NomaderMichael Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles, USSolo
2013Body LanguageThe Saatchi Gallery, LondonGroup
2013Beginner MindBill Brady KC, Kansas City, USSolo
2013Paper VariablesDieu Donné, New York City, NYGroup
2013Chicken Or Beef? A Transcontinental Survey Of Figurative PaintingThe Hole NYC, New York City, NYGroup
2013LAT. 41° 7′ N., LONG. 72° 19′ WMartos Gallery, East Marion, NYGroup
2013Paint On, Paint OffHalsey McKay Gallery, East Hampton, NYGroup
2013MatadorThe Journal Gallery, Brooklyn, USSolo
2013Draw Gym247365, New York City, NYGroup
2012Jose Lerma & Eddie MartinezHalsey McKay Gallery, East Hampton, New York, USDuo
2012WONDERS – Masterpieces from Private Collections in DenmarkKUNSTEN Museum of Modern Art Aalborg, DKGroup
2012ThanksgivingV1 Gallery, Copenhagen, DKGroup
2012Eddie Martinez/Pablo PïcassoSorry We’re Closed, Art Brussels, Brussels, BelgiumDuo
2012Studio DrawingsHalf Gallery, New York City, USSolo
2011Back roomUntitled, New York City, USGroup
2011Body LanguageThe Saatchi Gallery, London, UKGroup
2011Facemaker, curated by Kathy GraysonRoyal T, Culver City, California, USGroup
2011SeekerPeres Projects Mitte, Berlin, DESolo
2011New York MinuteGarage Center For Contemporary Culture, Moscow, RUGroup
2011Triangle FoolHiromiyoshii Roppongi Gallery, Toyko, JPGroup
2011I Am Who I Am: The Portrait ReconsideredSteven Zevitas Gallery, Boston, USGroup
2011Cover Version LP, curated by Timothy HullBAMart, Brooklyn, USGroup
2011New York ElectricPatricia Low, Gstaad, CHSolo
2011Eddie Martinez: Selected Drawings 2005-2011Schwarz Contemporary, Berlin, DESolo
2011The Big Clown ShowSorry We’re Closed, Art Brussels, BEGroup
2010Not Quite Open for BusinessThe Hole, New York City, USGroup
2010Insider OutsiderPortugal Arte 2010, Lisbon, PTGroup
2010Draw, curated by Erik Foss and Curse MackeyMuseo de la Cuidad de Mexico, Mexico City, MXGroup
2010Wall to WallDaniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles, USGroup
2010Apartment Show Presents Big AppleClifton Benevento, New York City, USGroup
2010Forth Estate EditionsFrederieke Taylor Gallery, New York City, USGroup
2010The Cannibal’s Muse, curated by Max HenryPatricia Low Gallery, Gstaad, CHGroup
2010Buffet State Of MindSorry We’re Closed, Brussels, BESolo
2010The Power of Selection, curated by Ryan Travis ChristianWestern Exhibitions, Chicago, USGroup
2009New York MinuteMACRO FUTURE, Museum of Contemporary Art, Rome, ITGroup
2009News and UpdatesGalerie Mikael Andersen, Copenhagen, DKSolo
2009Leaves of AshSuzanne Tarasieve Gallery, Paris, FRGroup
2009Just Landed, two person show with Wes LangAliceday, Brussels, BEGroup
2009CollaborationsZieherSmith, New York City, USGroup
2009Forth Estate EditionsRISD Memorial Hall Gallery, Providence, USGroup
2009Grand ReopeningZieherSmith, New York City, USGroup
2008This is Boston, Not LALaMontagne Gallery, Boston, USGroup
2008TimelessMorris Museum, Morristown, New Jersey, USGroup
2008Mail Order Monsters, curated by Kathy GraysonAndreas Melas Presents, Athens and Max Wigram Gallery, London, UKGroup
2008Living In A BoxGalerie Mikael Andersen, Berlin, DEGroup
2008Ambivalent figuration; peopleSamson Projects, Boston, USGroup
2008New PaintingsGalleri Loyal, Stockholm, SESolo
2008Whatever is Whatever, curated by Dimitrios AntonitsisHydra Project, GRGroup
2008Some DrawingsThe Journal Gallery, New York City, USSolo
2007Eddie Martinez, William J. O’Brian, Roman Wolgin, Jonas WoodGallery Min Min, TokyoAccessories, Galerie Mikael Anderson, Copenhagan, DKGroup
2007PaintersCosar HMT, Düsseldorf, GermanyGroup
2007Mail Order Monsters, curated by Kathy GraysonDeitch Projects, New York and Peres Projects, Berlin, DEGroup
2007HootersGaleria Comercial, San Juan, PRSolo
2007Cabinet of Curiosities, curated by Kathy Grayson The Journal, Brooklyn, USGroup
2007So Wrong, I’m RightBlum & Poe, Los Angeles, USGroup
2007Crystal Crunch, curated by Taylor McKimensPerugi, Padua, ITGroup
2007Five PaintersGalleri Loyal, Stockholm, SEGroup
2007DarknessAliceday, Brussels, BESolo
2007Athens Biennial, curated by Dan NadelAthens, GRGroup
2006A Mini Carrot ExperienceGalleri Loyal, Stockholm, SESolo
2006A Horse With No NameZieherSmith, New York City, USSolo
2005AbracadabraBucket Rider, Chicago, USSolo
2005Cool Beans BrotherGalleri Loyal, Stockholm, SESolo
2005A Big Ole Steely Dan ConversationAllston Skirt Gallery, Boston, USSolo