Vitality and rhythm are the essence and energy in his artwork

Patrick Martinez

United States


Patrick Martinez
Patrick Martinez
United States
April 1, 2014

Since the vivid days of Patrick’s childhood, he was always drawing or scribbling on something. In his teenage years circa early 90’s, he was introduced to Hip Hop culture and exclusively to one of its elements, graffiti. Graffiti remains an influence in his work. Hip Hop has influenced his art ever since he understood what it was about, movies like “Wild Style” and “Style Wars” turned him onto the Hip Hop movement in his earlier days. In 1994, he attended Pasadena High School Visual Arts and Design Academy where he learned and practiced his image making skills.

Patrick graduated high school and moved on to Pasadena City College. Patrick spent three years at PCC experimenting, developing his artistic skills and trying to find a hint of himself at the same time. He kept a steady career doing illustrations and design work mainly for underground and mainstream record labels that catered to the Hip Hop community. In 2001, he was ready to take on the next stage of art discipline. This led him to apply to Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, where he received a bachelor of fine arts.

Patrick focuses on the phenomenology of his surroundings. He brings sublime beauty to things that aren’t thought of as conventionally beautiful. He uses subject matter such as everyday people that aren’t usually painted into the limelight and elements of the city that would be thought of as objects we take for granted. He uses these objects as communicative mediums. Patrick works with intellect and intuition in creating pieces of art that reflect and document situations that are ever present around him. Vitality and rhythm are the essence and energy of his artwork.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2013New Bohemia Signs and Patrick MartinezGuerrero GallerySolo
2013New Neon: Light, Paint & PhotographyBedford Gallery at the Lesher Center for the Arts, Civic Drive Walnut Creek, CAGroup
2013REACHING 100 (OR THE END OF AN ERA)Parker's Box, Brooklyn, NYGroup
2013BROOKLYN / MONTREALParker's Box, Brooklyn, NYGroup
2012Scope Miami Art FairVH1 Lounge Garden Installation, Miami, FLGroup
2012Scope Miami Art FairCircuit 12 Contemporary, Miami, FLGroup
2012Lance Armstrong - 15 Years of Live StrongAustin Convention Center, Austin, TXGroup
2012Season OpenerGuerrero Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2012Getty Research Institute "Black Book Project",Permanent Collection, The Getty, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2012Lovely DayKnown Gallery, Los Angeles, CASolo
2012Even FlowCircuit 12 Contemporary, Dallas, TXGroup
2012City of FireSteven Webster Gallery , Beverly Hills, CAGroup
2012All in for the 99%Ace Museum, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2012Palm Springs Fine Art Fair / Post - War And Contemporary ArtCheech Marin / Known Gallery / Thomas Paul Fine Art, Palm Springs, CAGroup
2012Dream ContinuumCircuit 12 Contemporary, Dallas, TXGroup
2012Seeing Ourselves: The Science and Art of Diagnostic Medical ImagingMuseCPMI, 38th Street New YorkGroup
2011Assorted FlavorKnown Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2011Ward of the StateRivera Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2011HustlemaniaKnown Gallery, Los Angeles, CASolo
2011Reel TawlkLoft in Space Gallery, Honolulu, HISolo
2011Nothing To SayGuerrero Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2010Dreams DeferredChinese American Museum Los Angeles, CAGroup
2010Come In We're ClosedStreet Installation, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2010Re:Form SchoolNew York, NYGroup
2010(I Can) Feel The PulseMama Showroom Rotterdam, The NetherlandsGroup
2010FreedomKnown Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2010Manifest EqualityLos Angeles, CAGroup
2010Keep It RealSemi Permanent installation, Show and Tell Gallery Toronto, CanadaGroup
2010Takin' It To The StreetsMeltdown comics, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2009You Don't Have To Lie To Kick ItUpper Playground / Fifty24la Gallery Los Angeles, CAGroup
2009Manifest HopeIrvine Contemporary Washington D.C.Group
2009Scion's Installation 5 - Self PortraitAnno Domini, San Jose, CAGroup
2009New WorksTradition, Westlake Village, CAGroup
2008New WorksUpper Playground / Fifty24la Gallery Los Angeles, CAGroup
2008sk8tologyISM: gallery at the Koos Art Center, Long Beach, CAGroup
2007RenditionScion Art Gallery Culver City, CAGroup
2006Soul SignificanceCrewest Gallery Los Angeles, CAGroup
2005The First Annual LA Weekly Biennial ,Track 16 Gallery Santa Monica, CAGroup
2004The Palm Tree Paradox,Crewest Gallery Los Angeles, CASolo
2003No Struggle, No Progress,Rock Rose Gallery Los Angeles, CAGroup