JAMIE MARTINEZ New York City
Visual artist, Jamie Martinez immigrated to Florida at the age of twelve from his native Cali, Colombia. After attending Miami International University of Art and Design and receiving his Bachelor’s degree in Visual art, he then moved to New York to continue his art education at The Fashion Institute of Technology and to follow his dream in the visual arts.
Martinez loves to experiment with unique materials and objects that give his creations texture and depth. Not one to follow others, his work clearly expresses his unique vision of life and art; particularly through a visual innovation he calls “Triangulism” in which he “cuts” (his own term) images into triangulated segments as a way to express their essential form and true structure.
In his current work, Jamie explores the relationship between technology, social media and art and how our lives and perspectives can be changed through trends in communications technology. Instead of letting technology and social media take over our lives, we can use them to see and appreciate art, giving us a different point of view from a digital perspective.
Martinez has been using traditional oil painting to highlight our relationship with communications technology and how the latest gadgets are adding to ways we can approach and engage the world. Martinez creates what seem to be highly fragmented, partially abstract images, yet, when viewed through smart phones or tablets, the images become clear and perceptible. Indeed, only by using communications technology, and/or by posting on a social media site, can one see the ‘real’ image of a Martinez painting.
He has an innate sense of style and design and a keen eye for composition as evinced in his outstanding photographic work, which he considers a side pursuit. An avid surfer, Martinez’s sense of physicality translates to his art via his use of natural and complex materials. He is founder and editor of the highly popular blog, Arte Fuse. Jamie’s work has been featured in Nolita Heats, Escape into Life, The New York Optimist, Blouin ARTINFO, and also collaborated with Diesel for a large installation in Union Square NYC and in Galleries Lafayette in Paris. His work was recently exhibited and it’s now part of the permanent collection in the Marina Tsvetaeva Museum in Moscow, Russia; the Gabaron Foundation’s permanent collection; which was exhibited in Spain and New York; and Foursquare headquarters in New York City. He has shown in Russia, Paris, Spain, Canada, Miami and numerous galleries in New York City.
My artwork is geometrically structured and often linear, depending on the inspiration and the series that I am working on. I have coined the term, “Triangulism” to express my belief that the triangle is the most important geometric form. My process involves deconstructing each image into triangles exploring the true meaning, form and structure of my subject.
I create what seem to be highly fragmented, partially abstract images, yet, when viewed through smart phones or tablets, the images become clear and perceptible.These days nothing seems ‘real’ or significant unless it has been digitally captured and spread through our smart phones. The implication is that we use our new technology to validate images and to promote the most engaging images based on communal acceptance of what seems beautiful and meaningful. Instead of being passive witnesses, if used properly, communications technology allows us to move from merely being viewers to becoming creators, ‘curators’ and active participants in creating a new visual language.
20" x 16" Oil Painting on 320 single wood panels, 1" each, 2014
36" x 36"Oil on Cotton
40" x 40" Printed satin fabric stiched on canvas
34" x 30"Oil Painting on 520 single wood panels, 1.5" each, 2014
36" x 36"Oil on Inkjet Print
16” x 20”Oil on Cotton, 2015