Patrick Martinez

Patrick Martinez

Patrick Martinez (b. 1980, Pasadena, CA; lives and works in Los Angeles) maintains a diverse practice that includes mixed media landscape paintings, neon sign pieces, “Cake Paintings,” and his “Pee Chee” appropriative series. The landscape paintings are abstractions composed of Los Angeles surface content; e.g. distressed stucco, spray paint, window security bars, vinyl signage, ceramic tile, neon sign elements, and other recognizable materials. His neon sign works are fabricated to mirror street level commercial signage, but are remixed to present words and phrases drawn from literary and oratorical sources. His acrylic on panel “Cake Paintings” memorialize leaders, activists, and thinkers, and the “Pee Chee” series documents the threats posed to black and brown youth by law enforcement. All these works serve to evoke place and socio-economic position, and further unearth sites of personal, civic and cultural loss.

Martinez earned his BFA with honors from Art Center College of Design in 2005 and was awarded a Rauschenberg Residency in 2020. His work has been exhibited internationally including recent exhibitions at The Broad Museum in Los Angeles in 2023 entitled Desire, Knowledge, and Hope (with Smog) and the Dallas Contemporary in 2024 for a solo show entitled Histories. His work resides in the permanent collections of The Broad; the Buffalo AKG Art Museum; the California African American Museum; Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA); the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles; the Museum of Latin American Art; the Rubell Museum; the Smithsonian National Museum of American History; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, among others.

Photo Credit: Melchizedek Chan

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