Mario Martinez (Mars-1)
American, born 1977
Selected exhibitions
Mirus 5 Year Anniversary Group Show,
Mirus Gallery
LOCAL II: a group show,
Mirus Gallery
Summer Mixer 2015,
Joshua Liner Gallery

Mario Martinez, aka Mars-1, is known for his fantastic, imaginary worlds. Inspired by Surrealism, Street Art and Abstract Expressionism, Martinez creates densely composed extraterrestrial landscapes brimming with light effects, floating orbs, and other flying geometric forms. He references physics, collective consciousness, the study of UFOs, mysticism, biological processes, and the mystery of life itself. Lance Armstrong, Nike CEO Mark Parker, and Grammy Award-winning musician Everlast are among the collectors who have bought Martinez’s work.