Music and Color of Ethnic Identity

September 18, 2017 - September 28, 2017
7-10 PM
At The Jean Deleage Gallery at CASA 0101

Music and Color of Ethnic and Mestizo Identity

Opening Reception: Monday, September 18, 2017 | 7-10pm

Curated by Jimmy Centeno


Curator’s Statement

Artist Arturo Martinez first solo exhibition is a culmination of music, culture and ethnicity. His work reminds one of the great African American artist Romare Bearden celebrative renderings of life, jazz, and people. Like Bearden, Martinez too praises his ethnicity and mestizaje without losing sight of the long struggle of the diverse ethnic communities of Mexico. His geometrical compositions of C shapes, half Us, curves, circles and his nonlinear patterns flow rhythmically. A musician himself of “Son Mestizo” Martinez roots his paintings with an African, Mestizo and Indigenous lining. Born in Tlacotzlpan Veracruz, Mexico he captures the lyrical and the traditional in the vibrate power of its local fauna, flowers and customs with colors that guide his inspiration like a musical note on canvas. Each painting ripples with movement and ebbs according to the color chosen. For Martinez, “music has resonance.” His approach to color is like artist Wassily Kandinsky who believed color to be like a keyboard. Martinez’s paintings have a deep inclination towards the rhythm of Latin Jazz. The paintings of life as an in his amulante (street vender) series with flower and fruit venders begin with a slight gesture of humility that starts with faith. The titled head is not sign of submissiveness but of a ceremonial posture that builds on all the inner strength to start a new day. By incorporating patterns from Mexico’s diverse ethnic and Indigenous plurality Martinez exalts his recognition of the importance the artisanal artists have had in Mexico’s creative spirit. Each pattern expresses a natural deity, the cosmos and a metaphorical meaning. Jimmy Centeno Curator Casa0101.org August 28, 2017

Location: The Jean Deleage Gallery at CASA 0101

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