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Eddie Martinez
American, b. 1977
Eddie Martinez’s frenetic, kaleidoscopic mixed-media paintings draw from art historical traditions such as action painting, Neo-Expressionism, and the CoBrA movement. Martinez filters tenets from his aesthetic predecessors through coarse brushwork, spray paint, and abstract forms and rhythms. His motifs often derive from popular culture and have included cartoonish ducks, skulls, and clowns. Martinez briefly studied at the Art Institute of Boston before dropping out. His largely self-taught stylings have landed him exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles, Berlin, London, Stockholm, Seoul, and Brussels, among other cities. His work belongs in the collections of the Bronx Museum of the Arts, the Hiscox Collection, La Colección Jumex, the Saatchi Collection, and the Yuz Museum, among others. Martinez’s canvases have sold for seven figures on the secondary market.


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

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

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

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.

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