Born in 1976 in San Juan, Puerto Rico; lives & works in San Juan

EDUCATION

2005
School of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting, San Juan, Puerto Rico

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS 

2016
“Martinez Shop”. Madrid XF proyectos. Madrid. España

2013
All Inclusive!, David Castillo Gallery, Miami, FL
Mucho Gustó, Casa Mauuad, Mexico City, Mexico

2011
The Material, Trailer Park Projects, San Juan, Puerto Rico  

2010
Melvin Martinez, Flying Circus Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico 

2008
Melvin Martinez: Demo-Gracias, Wolfsonian Museum, Miami Beach, FL 

2007
Fresh Paint, Yvon Lambert Gallery, New York, NY 

2006
Melvin Martinez, Cultural Institute of National Gallery of Art, San Juan, Puerto Rico  
Melvin Martinez, Alcorcon Art Center, Madrid, Spain 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2016 

There Was No Joy in the Brilliance of Sunshine, Efrain Lopez Gallery, Chicago, IL Material Art Fair, Efrain Lopez Gallery, Mexico City, MX

2015 

God Save the Queen, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Castilla y Leon, Leon, Spain [BUT] THREE’S A CROWD, Efrain Lopez Gallery, Chicago,

IL ÍNTIMOS EXTRAÑOS – LA POLÍTICA COMO CELEBRIDAD | LA CELEBRIDAD COMO POLÍTICA, Matucana 100, Chile
“2159 Miles” Off site Project. Brand New Gallery, Milano, Italy.

(BUT) THREE’S A CROWD, Efrain López Gallery, Chicago

2014
Calibán, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, San Juan, PR 

2013
Puerta al Paisaje, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, San Juan, PR
On Painting: Prácticas pictóricas actuales... más allá de la pintura o más acá, Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain

2012
Dark Flow Lurking, David Castillo Gallery, Miami, FL

2011     
Global Caribbean, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2010     
Spirit of an Epoch, Museum of International Contemporary Art, Lanzarote, Spain
Group Show, Flying Circus Gallery, Mexico
Global Caribbean, Musee International Des Arts Modestes, Sete, France

2009     
Global Caribbean, Haitian Cultural Art Center, Miami, FL

2008     
Nature Morte, Rohrer Fine Art, Laguna Beach, CA
Expanded Painting, Space Other Gallery, Boston, MA
En Sus Marcas, Cultural Institute, Puerto Rico

2006
Tribute to Cezanne, Yvon Lambert Gallery, New York, NY
Group Exhibition, Alcorcon Art Center, Madrid, Spain
Kitsch Utopia, 2006 Quadriennale, Dusseldorf, Germany

2005     
Graduate Exhibition for School of Fine Arts, San Juan, Puerto Rico, Museum of the Americas, Denver, CO
VI National Prize of Fine Arts, Museum of Contemporary Art Puerto Rico
Espai D’Art Contemporani, Castellón, Spain

AWARDS

2006
International Association of Art Critics Prize for Outstanding Representation of Puerto Rico

2005
Castellón County Council Painting Prize, Spain

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

"Watchlist Artist: Melvin Martinez," Art Slant Miami, November 2, 2013.
Antawan, Byrd. Art Cities of the Future: 21st-Century Avant-Gardes. Australia: Phaidon, 2013.
Alvarez Lezama, Manuel. "The Way In - Contemporary Art in Puerto Rico." Arte Al Dia, No. 140, November 2012. 
Stain, David Joshua, “Hot new things to do in Puerto Rico,” CNN, April 2012. 
Schwabsky, Barry, “Material Sensations and the Artificial Flesh of Color,” Art Pulse, 2011.
Schwendener, Martha, “Melvin Martinez at Fresh Paint,” The New York Times, June 22, 2007.
Robinson, Walter, “Puerto Rican Sun,” Artnet, April 12, 2007.
Panera, Javier, “Melvin Matinez: Painting as libidinal mechanism,” Art.es, No. 17, September 2006.
“Melvin Martinez: Kitsch, cosmography and frost,” Art Premium, Vol. 3, March 2006.
“Melvin Martinez: Awarded 60,000 Euros, First place at Second Annual Castellon International Painting Prize,” Tema Celeste, February 2006.
“Wonderland/El Pais de las Maravillas, Certamen Internacional de Pintura de Castellon,” Arte.es, #12, Feburary 2006.
Schwabsky, Barry, “When is a painting not a painting?” Modern Painters, December 2005.
“Painting Prize Winner,” Art Nexus, December 2005.
“Un lio con la pintura en Castellon,” El Pais, Spain, November 20, 2005.
“Puertorican Artist Melvin Martinez wins painting prize,” Levantate, Valencia, October 2005.
“More than 200 paintings competed,” El Periodico Mediterraneo, October 8, 2005.
Pau-Llosa, Ricardo, “Melvin Martinez,” Arte al Dia Internacional, May 2005.
 
SELECTED COLLECTIONS
 

Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland
Museo de Bellas Artes, Castellón, Spain
Espai D’Art Contemporani, Castellón, Spain
Museum Collection Lambert, Avignon, France
Museum of Ponce, Puerto Rico
Museum of Contemporary Art, Puerto Rico
Valencia Arte Contemporáneo, Valencia, Spain
Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA
The Rubell Family Collection
Carlos & Rosa de la Cruz Collection