Eddie Martinez

In his densely worked paintings, Eddie Martinez finds a suitable platform for unloading his abundant imagination and blurring the line between traditional modes of painting. Curator Joăo Ribas has asserted that Martinez’s work “reconciles the principles of modern painting – flatness and self-referentiality among them – with the pre-modern function of genre as a form of communication.” Ribas goes on to conclude that “by playing by the rules of genre, Martinez’s work legitimizes its own whimsical universe, one in which an overripe banana can effortlessly be turned into a parrot.” ("The Paradox of Genre," Eddie Martinez, 2008).

The artist delineates the tone of each work with thickly scumbled off-white backgrounds, and each canvas is besieged by the over-riding vitality of the artist’s unmistakably raucous versatility. The artist’s lively vocabulary of subjects is matched in exuberance only by his endless palette and vibrant, effortless variation in paint application. Thin washes overlay lush impasto as spray-paint underlies oil stick — a vast array of mark-making further attesting to Martinez’s artistic bounties. As Ribas states, “[his] still lifes do not simply imitate the genre, but explode it.”

Martinez was born in 1977, and has had solo exhibitions at ZieherSmith in New York, Galleri Loyal in Stockholm, and Seomi & Tuus in Seoul. He has participated in group exhibitions at Deitch Projects in New York, Galerie Mikael Andersen in Berlin, and Blum & Poe in Los Angeles.

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