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Biography

b. 1977, Groton Naval Base, Groton, Connecticut
Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY

Eddie 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 elements, such as bug-eyed humans wearing eclectic headgear, blockheads and Buflies. Energetic and raw, his artworks employ an aggressive use of color and texture through various combinations of oil, enamel, spray paint, collage and detritus picked up from the studio floor.

Martinez’s unconventional practice has received growing institutional support, with five museum solo shows in the last four years, including at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Detroit and the Yuz Museum in Shanghai, both 2019, and at the Bronx Museum in 2018. His sixth solo show opens in March, 2024 at Space K in Seoul, South Korea. His works are represented in international public collections including the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA; Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA; National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.; Museo National Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain; Long Museum, Shanghai, China; and the Yuz Museum, Shanghai, China, among others.

All images © Eddie Martinez.