Oliver Martínez, multi-talented sculptor
Fri, Mar 6, 6-8pm
By Henry Vermillion
Few Mexican artists have been accepted to exhibit in the prestigious Biennial of Valencia, Spain, but in 2019 one of Oliver Martínez’s pieces in that show was awarded an honorable mention—and that is only one of many such awards the young artist has garnered in his 10-year career. Trained as an architect, he has been juried into exhibitions in France and Italy, and he has shown in competitions in Mexico City, Guanajuato, and Leon, among others.
The personable young artist is also a fine painter and draftsman, but he will be featuring his handsome small-scale bronze sculptures in his month-long guest artist exhibit at Galería Izamal. He and his work will be honored with a reception Friday, March 6, from 6 to 8pm, at Galeria Izamal’s handsome new space at Jesús 25, Centro.
The sculptures belong to a series the artist calls “Automatisms.” “They contain anonymous characters who live in the curved geometry of the pieces,” he says. Indeed, viewers can usually (but not always) find these stylized figures in these beautiful, small-scale curvilinear bronze gems. The sculptures all feature a pale cream or grayish patina, which lightens and enlivens the pieces.
Martínez’s sculptural ideas evolved gradually during the five years he lived in Mexico City. After a long time there, he began to make sense of the tumultuous life of the city—its twisting energy with the pulse and rhythms of the people in their daily struggles. With his architect’s eye, he learned to capture those rhythms in beautiful organic forms.
Born and trained in Leon, he now lives in San Miguel de Allende, where he will certainly make his mark as an artist.
The work of Izamal members Juan Escurdia, Jeff Ferst, Javier Garcia, Wolf Lichter, Cissy Smith Marks, Lawrence Selevan, Henry Vermillion, and Britt Zaist are also featured. Galería Izamal was founded in 1992, and in its beautiful and spacious new home in the Centro, the gallery looks forward to many more years as an art destination.