b. 1977, Groton, Connecticut
Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY
Brooklyn-based artist Eddie Martinez draws inspiration from a wide-range of sources, spanning from popular urban culture to Abstract Expressionism and Surrealism. Martinez's work joins together painting and drawing, abstraction and representation in non-traditional ways. Imbued with a sense of personal iconography, his practice often combines signature figurative elements, such as bug-eyed humans and eclectic headgear with gestural, abstract blocks of color. Energetic and raw, his paintings employ an aggressive use of color and texture with various combinations of oil, enamel, spray paint and collage elements on canvas. Martinez also produces large and small-scale abstract sculpture, made mostly from found materials such as rubber hoses, Styrofoam, cardboard, and metal scraps sourced from wherever the artist is working at the time.
Eddie Martinez was born in 1977 in Groton, Connecticut and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Recent solo museum exhibitions include the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Michigan (2019). The Bronx Museum, New York (2018), The Drawing Center, New York (2017) and The Davis Museum at Wellesley College, MA (2017). He has also had solo exhibitions at Timothy Taylor Gallery, London (2014); Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles (2014); Half Gallery, New York (2014); and Journal Gallery, New York (2013). His work has also been exhibited in various group exhibitions at The Saatchi Gallery, London (2013) and Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Moscow (2011). Additionally, Martinez’s work has been featured in Modern Painters, ARTINFO, The New York Times, ArtReview, The Brooklyn Rail, and Art in America.
All images © Eddie Martinez.