Artists > Melvin Martínez

Born in 1976 in San Juan, Puerto Rico; lives & works in San Juan.
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Melvin Martínez makes paintings that bring affect to the brink of autopoiesis. In a deluge of color and application that vibrates as if sonic, his works occupy oil, acrylic, glitter, confetti and decorative craft materials beyond ontological loyalties. The paintings renegotiate Martinez's debt to the optics of Pointillism, anarchy of Abstract Expressionism, resplendence of color field painting or embodied summons of gestural abstraction. They are free agents across time and consequence, expanding a living art ecology rather than terminated art histories. Martinez negates indebtedness by re-imagining the currency of creative capital.


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



Silvestres. Universidad Sagrado Corazón. San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Martinez Shop. Madrid XF proyectos. Madrid, Spain.

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

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

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

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

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

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


There Was No Joy in the Brilliance of Sunshine, Efrain Lopez Gallery, Chicago, IL.

Material Art Fair, Efrain Lopez Gallery, Mexico City, MX,

Benefit auction for Museum of Art Puerto Rico. Untitled, 2015.

Frescos: Ciudadanos de Ninguna Parte (5 años después). Galería Arte Universidad Sagrado Corazón. San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Calibán, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, San Juan, PR

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

Dark Flow Lurking, David Castillo Gallery, Miami, FL

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

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.

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

Nature Morte, Rohrer Fine Art, Laguna Beach, CA.

Expanded Painting, Space Other Gallery, Boston, MA.

Tribute to Cezanne, Yvon Lambert Gallery, New York, NY.

Group Exhibition, Alcorcon Art Center, Madrid, Spain.

Kitsch Utopia, 2006 Quadriennale, Dusseldorf, Germany.

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.


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

Castellón County Council Painting Prize, Spain.


"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,”, 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,”, #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.


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.