Patrick Martinez, ‘Useful Information’, 2016, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions: Benefit Auction 2017

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Framed: 49 x 21 in.

Patrick Martinez (b. 1980, Pasadena, CA) earned his BFA with honors from Art Center College of Design in 2005. Martinez’s work has been exhibited in domestic and international venues extending from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Minneapolis, Miami, and New York to the Netherlands. In 2016 Martinez exhibited at the Vincent Price Art Museum, the Cornell Fine Arts Museum in Winter Park, FL, LA Louver Gallery, Guerrero Gallery in San Francisco, and Biola University. Also in 2016, Martinez curated a large group show at Charlie James Gallery titled Southland. Martinez’s work has been discussed in publications ranging from the LA Times, KPCC, KCET Artbound, Fusion, ArtNews, Wired Magazine, KCRW, and Vice Magazine. In 2017 Patrick will have his first solo museum show at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum in Winter Park, FL. Martinez lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.
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About Patrick Martinez

“Game Recognize Game,” “Chinese Mexican Food,” “Trying to Make a Dollar out of 14 Cents”: These phrases, drawn from Patrick Martinez's neon sculptures, capture the artist's sensibility. It is one informed by the challenges, ethnic diversity, and hybrid nature of the urban environment, as well as the proliferation of messages we encounter there. Influenced by hip-hop culture and raised in Los Angeles, Martinez also works in painting, often incorporating portraits and still lifes into his neon pieces. What's the Problem? (2013) includes a human skull surrounded by junk food—a bag of Cheetos, a can of Coca-Cola, and some Skittles—painted on a clear acrylic with a neon border.

American, b. 1980