Studio Visit with Patrick Martinez in DTLA, Los Angeles
During my art trip to Los Angeles, I met with the very talented artist Patrick Martinez at his studio space in DTLA. A native Angeleno, and a graduate of Art Center College of Design, Martinez communicates social issues through tongue-in-cheek references via his use of neon sculptures, paintings and installation. Possessing strong graffiti roots and armed with a deeply infused hip-hop sensibility, Martinez questions his surroundings and further investigates fragments of daily life, black and brown relations, and social progress in underserved communities. Martinez makes powerful statements in his neon works, where he tackles escalating student debt, gun violence, and achieving the 'American Dream' in the 2010s. His multi-dimensional cake paintings romanticize a segment of the population overlooked by mainstream society and presents them in a vulnerable and human way.
Patrick Martinez lives and works in Los Angeles. In March 2016, he participated in a group exhibit at Bridget Donahue and a Paddle 8 auction to benefit the Visual Art program at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
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