Artist Bio and Available Art Pieces
Valparaiso, Chile. 1969
PLACE OF ORIGIN: Valparaíso, Chile
INFLUENCES: Roberto Matta, Goya, El Bosco, H.R. Giger
Awards and shows in which he was selected:
2014- First Prize of the Visual Arts Contest Valparaíso Work “Double-sided Symphony”. Valparaíso, Chile.
2013- Selected in 102 edition of the National Salon of Visual Arts. Palais de Glace. Buenos Aires, Argentina.
2011- Selected in 100 edition of the National Salon of Visual Arts. Drawing Mention Palais de Glace.
2010- Selected in 99º edition of the National Salon of Visual Arts. Drawing Mention Palais de Glace.
2010- Mention in the VII International Watercolor Biennial. Viña del Mar, Chile.
2010- Selected in the Painting Room Quinquela Martín. City of Buenos Aires, Argentina.
2009- Obtained a Jury Mention, Engraved Category, in the 98th edition of the National Salon of Visual Arts. Palais de Glace.
2009- Selected in the 98th edition of the National Salon of Visual Arts, Palais de Glace. Obtained a Mention in Drawing.
2007- Selected in the 98th National Salon of Visual Arts, Drawing Category. Palais de Glace.
2006- Selected in the First Drawing Biennial of the Americas. Rafael Cauduro. Tijuana, Mexico
2006- Special Mention of the Jury in the Fifth International Watercolor Biennial. Viña del Mar, Chile.
2006- Mention in the Arches Engraving Contest. Palace of the Arts. Buenos Aires, Argentina.
2005- First place in the XIII National Hall of Engraving for students of Fine Arts. Superior School of Fine Arts “Regina Pacis”. Buenos Aires, Argentina.
2005- Selected in the Arches Engraving Contest. Palace of the Paper. Buenos Aires, Argentina.
2003- Selected in the Regional Engraving Exhibition “Sixteen Contemporary Engravers”. Municipal Hall of Valparaíso, Chile.
2000- Selected in the XXXI Salon of Viña del Mar. He obtained a Mention in Engraving. Viña del Mar, Chile.
1998- First place in the Regional Drawing Competition. Municipality of Viña del Mar. Viña del Mar, Chile.
EDUCATION: He studied calcography with the engraver Jorge Martínez García. He received a degree in engraving and painting at the Superior Institute of Fine Arts Santa Ana in Buenos Aires
EXHIBITIONS: Luis Martínez has participated in individual and collective exhibitions in Chile, Argentina, Mexico and France; He exhibits permanently at the Bahía Utópica gallery in Chile, and is an exclusive artist at the Magna gallery in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Born in Valparaíso (Chile, 1969) and based in Buenos Aires (Argentina) since 2005, Luis Martínez began his training at the School of Fine Arts of Viña del Mar. After a brief stint in Art at the University of Playa Ancha, in Valparaíso, he started his studies of chalcography with the engraver Jorge Martínez García. He graduated as a professor of engraving and painting at the Superior Institute of Fine Arts Santa Ana in Buenos Aires, where he works as a professor of painting.
With a strong influence of engraving, the paintings and drawings of Martinez have infinite lines and lattices. With the chalcography, he added to his works a prolific mixture of techniques. In his drawings the figuration, the color and the rhythm of the line coexist. This latter is never subordinated to the image, but rather acquires autonomy: it expands, it has a life of its own.
Guided by intuition and automatism, Martínez works with very varied materials: “I like to play with the watercolor stain and with the line: chance always takes me to another place”, he says. The mystery of life and death is a central theme in his works. “I am passionate about investigating the time and the movement that one can grasp with the stroke; in the spiritual and physical mutation, which is always a great mystery, ” says Martinez.
The drawing of Martinez has great influence from the comics. With oil, charcoal, nib and pastels, he creates a universe of anthropomorphic characters, always in disturbing mutation. Annunciation is a key example of those fictional spaces created by the artist. “We are never the same as yesterday: thought is constantly changing,” he says.
Its complex figures seem from another time; stones and capsules enclose fantastic, unforgettable worlds. In that universe live enigmatic characters. For Martínez, life and death form a permanent metamorphic framework: “For me,” he says, “painting is like rescuing memories of an ancestral memory.”