Enrique Martínez Celaya

Cuban, b. 1964

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Enrique Martínez Celaya

Cuban, b. 1964

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In his somber images of the natural world, Enrique Martínez Celaya probes grandiose metaphysical and philosophical questions. Born in Cuba, Martínez Celaya moved to the United States to study physics, and while completing his doctorate, he took up painting, recognizing it as his preferred medium to confront such issues. Since expanding his practice to sculpture and installation, painting remains the core of his work, in which he often refers to mystical ideas or to fairy tales. The earnest and even grim tone of his practice stems from what he believes is a cynical condition of the contemporary world. “I think that’s the temperature I feel inside. Isolation, solitude and loneliness, I’m always feeling the condition of things—or what you could call the illusion of things—being separate,” the artist has said.

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Biography

In his somber images of the natural world, Enrique Martínez Celaya probes grandiose metaphysical and philosophical questions. Born in Cuba, Martínez Celaya moved to the United States to study physics, and while completing his doctorate, he took up painting, recognizing it as his preferred medium to confront such issues. Since expanding his practice to sculpture and installation, painting remains the core of his work, in which he often refers to mystical ideas or to fairy tales. The earnest and even grim tone of his practice stems from what he believes is a cynical condition of the contemporary world. “I think that’s the temperature I feel inside. Isolation, solitude and loneliness, I’m always feeling the condition of things—or what you could call the illusion of things—being separate,” the artist has said.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM)
Group
Group show at a major institution
Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM)
Institution
Collected by a major institution
The Met
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Art in America
Fair
Included in a major biennial
EVA International
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Caged Canaries Give Way to a Haunting Narrative in Enrique Martínez Celaya’s L.A. Exhibition
May 8th, 2015
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