>Biography: Patrick Martinez

Since the vivid days of Patrick's childhood he was always drawing or scribbling on something. In his teenage years circa early 90's, he was introduced to Hip Hop culture and exclusively to one of its elements, graffiti. Graffiti remains an influence in his work. Hip Hop has influenced his art ever since he understood what it was about, movies like "Wild Style" and "Style Wars" turned him onto the Hip Hop movement in his earlier days. In 1994 he attended Pasadena High School Visual Arts and Design Academy where he learned and practiced his image making skills.

Patrick graduated high school and moved on to Pasadena City College. Patrick spent three years at PCC experimenting, developing his artistic skills and trying to find a hint of himself at the same time. He kept a steady career doing illustrations and design work mainly for underground and mainstream record labels that catered to the Hip Hop community. In 2001 he was ready to take on the next stage of art discipline. This led him to apply to Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, where he received a bachelor of fine arts.

Patrick focuses on the phenomenology of his surroundings. He brings sublime beauty to things that aren't thought of as conventionally beautiful. He uses subject matter such as everyday people that aren't usually painted into the limelight and elements of the city that would be thought of as objects we take for granted. He uses these objects as communicative mediums. Patrick works with intellect and intuition in creating pieces of art that reflect and document situations that are ever present around him. Vitality and rhythm are the essence and energy in his artwork.


>CV

Patrick Martinez
(born 1980, lives and works in Los Angeles, CA)

Selected Solo Exhibitions / Selected Group Exhibitions / Projects

2013
Most Oddinism
Group Exhibition, Art Basel, Miami, FL

Buy Now Cry Later,
Solo Show, Public Functionary, Minneapolis, MN

Break Bread,
Site Specific Installation, El Tapatio Market, Bell Gardens, CA

July Group Show,
Group Show, Guerrero Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Bespoke Auction,
Dallas Contemporary, Dallas, TX

Bullets Billboard Project,
Various Locations around L.A., Los Angeles, CA


2012
Scope Miami Art Fair
VH1 Lounge Garden Installation, Miami, FL

Scope Miami Art Fair
Circuit 12 Contemporary, Miami, FL

Lance Armstrong - 15 Years of Live Strong,
Featuring work from: Ed Ruscha, Mister Cartoon, Dustin Yellin and Patrick Martinez, Austin Convention Center, Austin, TX

Season Opener,
Group Show, Guerrero Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Getty Research Institute "Black Book Project",
Group Show, Permanent Collection, The Getty, Los Angeles, CA

Lovely Day,
Solo Show, Known Gallery, Los Angeles, CA


Even Flow
3 Person Show, Circuit 12 Contemporary, Dallas, TX


City of Fire,
Group Show, Curated by Arrested Motion, Steven Webster Gallery , Beverly Hills, CA


All in for the 99%,
Group Show, Curated by New Image Art, Ace Museum, Los Angeles, CA

Palm Springs Fine Art Fair / Post - War And Contemporary Art

Group Show, Cheech Marin / Known Gallery / Thomas Paul Fine Art, Palm Springs, CA

Dream Continuum,
Group Show, Circuit 12 Contemporary, Dallas, TX


2011
Assorted Flavor,
Group Show, Known Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Ward of the State,
Group Show, Rivera Gallery, Los Angeles, CA


Hustlemania,
Solo Show, Known Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Reel Tawlk,
Solo Show, Loft in Space Gallery, Honolulu, HI

Nothing To Say,
Group Show, Guerrero Gallery, San Francisco, CA


2010
Dreams Deferred,

Group Show, Chinese American Museum Los Angeles, CA

Come In We're Closed,
Street Installation, Los Angeles, CA

Re:Form School,
Group Show, New York, NY

(I Can) Feel The Pulse,
Group Show, Mama Showroom Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Freedom,
Group Show, Known Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Manifest Equality,
Group Show, Los Angeles, CA

Keep It Real
Semi Permanent installation, Show and Tell Gallery Toronto, Canada


2009
You Don't Have To Lie To Kick It,
Solo Show Upper Playground / Fifty24la Gallery Los Angeles, CA

Manifest Hope,
Group Show, Irvine Contemporary Washington D.C.

Scion Installation Tour,
Group Show,Various Galleries across the United States, DETROIT, MI, MIAMI, FL, PHOENIX, AZ, MINNEAPOLIS, MN, NEW YORK, NY, SAN JOSE, CA, PHILADELPHIA, PA, PORTLAND, OR, LOS ANGELES, CA


2008
New Works,
Two Man Show Upper Playground / Fifty24la Gallery Los Angeles, CA

Scion Installation Tour,
Group Show, Various Galleries across the United States, DETROIT, MI, MIAMI, FL, PHOENIX, AZ, MINNEAPOLIS, MN, NEW YORK, NY, SAN JOSE, CA, PHILADELPHIA, PA, PORTLAND, OR, LOS ANGELES, CA


2007
Rendition,
Group Show, Scion Art Gallery Culver City, CA


2006
Soul Significance,
Group Show, Crewest Gallery Los Angeles, CA


2005
The First Annual LA Weekly Biennial ,
Group Show, Track 16 Gallery Santa Monica, CA


2004
The Palm Tree Paradox,
Solo Show Crewest Gallery Los Angeles, CA


2003
No Struggle, No Progress,
Group Show Rock Rose Gallery Los Angeles, CA