Melvin Martinez

Biography

Born in San Juan Puerto Rico, Martínez studied art at the San Juan Arts School, where he received a BFA in 2005. This young and prolific artist, winner of the 2005 Castellon Painting Prize in Spain, has shown his works in many of the most prestigious museums in Spain and is part of many important collections in the United States, Europe and Latin America.

Using materials more common in decorative crafts, Martínez captures the distinctive celebratory elements of the Caribbean region where he lives; evoking a sense of joy, festivity and pleasure in those who view the paintings. In About Excess, a large and colorful painting made with both oil and acrylic, adorned with glitter, confetti and other decorative ornaments, Martínez astonishes the spectator with a combination of scale, rich textures, and vibrant colors.

In a review of Martínez's New York show, Fresh Paint, Martha Schwendener of the New York Times states, ''There is something kind of great about Mr. Martínez's flagrant transgressions. And he hardly stands alone in simultaneously embracing and defying formalist strictures. His palette at time conjures Joan Mitchell; at other moments, Peter Halley,...''

Exhibitions
October - November 2015
Heather James Fine Art
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