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Artwork by Mario Martinez

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About the Artist

(Born 1953, Pascua Yaqui tribe)  Mario Martinez has been a force in contemporary art, a Native American artist who largely works with abstraction.  Originally from Arizona, he has lived in both San Francisco and in New York City.  His Bachelor of Fine Arts degree was earned at Arizona State University (1979), while his Master of Fine Art was gained from the San Francisco Art Institute (1985).

In 2005 a retrospective of his work was presented at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian in New York.  Noteworthy group shows including Mr. Martinez's paintings include "Whole Stole the Tee Pee?" held at the National Museum of the American Indian in New York and "AlieNation" at the American Indian Community House Gallery.  Martinez was one of the first non-Japanese artists to be invited to exhibit at the Contemporary Artists Federation Group Sow at the Museum of Modern Art in Saitama, Japan in 2002. 

More recently Martinez was the invited Artist at the Eiteljorg Museum November 13, 2015 - February 14, 2016.  In 2014-2015 he was given the Robert Rauschenberg Residency in Captiva, Florida, whereas a year earlier he was chosen the CALL artist by the Joan Mitchell Foundation in New York City.