DANIEL JOSEPH MARTINEZ
Daniel Joseph Martinez is an artist that lives and works in Los Angeles and Paris, France. He is the Donald Bren Chair, Distinguished professor at the University of California Irvine where he has taught for the last 32 years. He teaches in the Graduate Studies Program, New Genres Area and Critical & Curatorial Studies. Martinez has actively engaged in an interrogation of social, political, and cultural mores through actions and object production that have been described as nonlinear, asymmetrical, multidimensional propositions. Operating with fluidity and as open-source manifestations not bound by any singular category or theory. His works extend from the ephemeral to the solid. Martinez’s practice takes the form of aesthetic, theoretical and philosophical interventions to unapologetically question issues of personal and collective identity, vision and visuality, and the fissures formed between the appearance and the perception of difference. Ongoing themes include history, violence, nomadic power, contamination, cultural resistance, war, dissentience, systems of symbolic exchange and the unknown. Directed toward the precondition of politics coexisting as radical beauty immersed in the theorical propositions in and outside of human experience. There commonality is that they all address topics of race, class and the sociopolitical boundaries present within American society. Martinez represented the U.S. in 19 biennials worldwide, including the Venice Biennial, Istanbul Biennial, Berlin Biennial, Moscow Biennial, Lyon Biennial, three Whitney Biennials, Havana Biennial, Lima Biennial to name a few. He represented the United States in the American Pavilion in the Cairo Biennial, in Cairo Egypt. In addition to two international Biennial projects for U.S. Department of State. Martinez has received two lifetime achievement awards one from the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles and the other from Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation in Miami, Florida. Martinez has been actively exhibiting internationally for the past 40 years and has been included in over 250 group exhibitions and 30 solo exhibitions world-wide. In 2019 Martinez was inducted into the Smithsonian National Oral History Archive. “An honor reserved for Americans who have made major contributions to American culture”. The interview was conducted by the Chicano Scholar Chon Noriega, a Distinguished Professor at UCLA, in Film studies and Chicano studies. Martinez has received numerous individual artist grants including a Guggenheim Fellowship, three National Endowment for the Arts Individual Artists Fellowships, the Getty Museum fellowship, an Alpert Award in the Arts fellowship, a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, A United States Artist fellowship, a Rockefeller foundation artist fellowship, California Arts Council Artist Fellowship, The Louise Comfort Tiffany Artist Fellowship, two Rasmuson Foundation individual artist fellowships, City of Los Angeles individual Artist fellowship. He is a recipient of both the Berlin prize and Rome prize. The Rockefeller fellowship residency at Bellagio, Italy, Artpace International residency, San Antonio, Texas, The Headlands Center for the Arts residency, Marin Country, The Anchorage Museum of Contemporary art residency, Alaska. Committed to grass-roots artist organizations with 30 years of curatorial experience. Martinez was a co-founder of Deep River (1997-2002) an artist run gallery in downtown Los Angeles which existed as a five-year project producing 45 solo exhibitions for Los Angles artists, He co-founded LA><Art with Lauri Firstenberg and was active as a curator and board member for 10 years. Martinez is represented by 5 artist monographs to date. With two new book publications in the works. One of his extensive work from Berlin, Rome and Bellagio, Italy. Martinez’s work can be found in public collections in the United States including; The Museum of Modern Art, MOMA, The Whitney Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, MOCA, LACMA, Los Angeles California Museum of art, The Getty Museum, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, MFA, Orange County Museum, OCMA, Linda Pace Foundation, San Antonio, Texas, Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, Miami, Florida.
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