The Middle #3

Mario Martinez

The Middle #3, Paintings by Mario Martinez
Item Purchased
Savvy Price $4,000.00
Gallery Price $5,000.00
The Middle #3
Mario Martinez
Acrylic on canvas
Canvas size
30" height X 24" width
"Mario Martinez" on verso
Date of creation
2013 (dated on verso)
About The The Middle #3

The Middle #3 relates well to three out of four paintings illustrated in the Spring 2021 issue of First American Art magazine's article Pascua Yaqui Painter Mario Martinez.

2013 was the year Martinez was awarded the Joan Mitchell Foundation Creating a Living Legacy.  I'm not sure there are awards more significant.

About Mario Martinez
(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 "Who Stole the Tee Pee?" held at the National Museum of the American Indian in New York and "AlienNation" 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. 

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.   Martinez is one of over 30 artists whose work is exhibited at the Smithsonian's Museum of the American Indian in New York City in a show titled Stretching the Canvas Eight Decades of Native painting.  Paintings on view date from as early as 1940 to present day.  A video covering Stretching the Canvas"  Eight Decades of Native Painting , an exhibition held at the National Museum of the American Indian is available for viewing . 

His latest New York Gallery representation takes place at the Garth Greenan Gallery, amidst a diverse group of highly significant artists.

First American Art magazine published an in-depth article on Martinez in its Spring 2021 issue.  


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