RICARDO MARTINEZ (1918-2009)
Born in Mexico City in 1918, Ricardo Martinez de Hoyos was the thirteenth of sixteen children. Among his siblings were other artists: Oliverio, a sculptor; Enrico and Homero, architects; and Jorge, who became a well-known actor. The first prestigious recognition of Martinez’s work as a painter came with the Raúl Beillers Prize in 1967, followed by the Moinho Santista Prize at the Sao Paulo Biennial in 1971. He went on to exhibit at important Mexican institutions such as the Museo de Arte Moderno and the Palacio de Bellas Artes, which held a major retrospective of Martinez’s work in 1994. After his death, the Museo de la Ciudad de México presented a Ricardo Martinez retrospective in 2012.