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Javier Martinez (San Francisco, CA)

Javier Martinez works with the dual themes of nature and cultural identity. His mixed media sculptures distil and seamlessly merge the natural world and urban/Chicano symbols into a chimera of fantastical creatures.These modern-ancient hybrids appear always to have been with us, blurring the line between nature and civilization, reality and fantasy, time and evolution, thus creating a “new hybrid identity”.

Born:  Los Angeles, California    |    Current Resident:  San Francisco, California.    
Education:  BFA, California Institute of the Arts (2000). Also studied at Art Center College of Design, CA.   


Select Exhibitions:

2015  Threshold, Blankeye Studio.  Portland, OR

2013  Museum of Jurassic Technology. Los Angeles, CA

           Huddle Up, Gallery85. San Jose, CA

2012  Hawaii Art Now, Honolulu Museum of Art. Honolulu, HI

           Twilight Totems, Artillery Gallery. San Francisco, CA

           Works Benefit Auction. San Jose, CA

2011  The 64th Festival de Cannes, Court Metrage (short film). Cannes, France

           The 49th Ann Arbor Film Festival. Ann Arbor, MI

           Legacy of Land, Schaefer International Gallery. Maui, HI

           Altena APEC, The Arts at Mark’s Garage. Honolulu, HI

           Rise Japan Vol.4, Studio 931. San Francisco, CA

2010  Festi Nova, International Festival of Contemporary Art. Republic of Georgia 

           Compositions in Departure, Iao Theater. Wailuku, HI

           Underground Clouds, Paia Tattoo Parlor. Maui, HI

2008  The Contemporary Museum Honolulu Biennial. Honolulu, HI

           Conventions & Attitudes, Exchange Rate, Remy’s on Temple. Los Angeles, CA 

           Conventions & Attitudes, Exchange Rate, Habeas Lounge. New York, NY

           Malama Wao Akua, Viewpoints Gallery. Makawao, HI

2007  Outvideo Festival ’07. Moscow, Russia.

2006  DIVA, Digital Video Art Fair. New York, NY

2005  How Close Are We? Endless International Gallery. Shanghai, China 
           The Land Show, The Live Wire. Maui, HI
2004  Art Maui, Schaefer International Gallery. Maui, HI 

           Abandoned & Found, the Pacific Center of Photography. Wailuku, HI 

2003  Going Underground 3, International subway film festival. Berlin, Germany 

2002  Organic Show, the Latch Gallery. Los Angeles, CA
           Disco Club Tepito, Anexo Gallery. Mexico City. Mexico
           Back Yard Show, the Hatch gallery. Venice, CA
           For Beuys, Tortilla Flats Gallery. Moss Landing, CA 

2001  Indigenous Patterns, Bluebird Gallery. Felton, CA

2000  High Swoon, Time & Place Gallery. Lebec CA
           Madness, Metal Madness Gallery. Hollywood, CA



CalArts project grant 2000 CalArts Scholarship. 1997 – 2000
Art Center School or Design Scholarship, 1996 Community Arts Partnership project grant 1998


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