Eddie Martinez is widely recognised by the picky New York art press as an exceptionally gifted painter and draftsman. The 38 year old has numerous international solo shows under his belt, that have received glowing reviews for a trademark presentation of robust brushstrokes with bursts of paint, sometimes compared to Basquiat and even to Philip Guston for the occurrent use of cartoonish speech bubbles. This year, Martinez has three upcoming shows planned at Timothy Taylor Gallery in London, Michael Kohn Gallery in L.A. and one scheduled in his home town, New York at Half Gallery.
How do you relate New York with your work? New York is the best. New York is an extremely dense environment both socially and psychically. Which one would you say has a larger impact on your work? Absolutely both. How has the location you grew up in affected your process, and does this continue to influence your practice today? I moved around a lot, I think that helped shape my energy and way I think about working. What are you currently working on? A show at HALF Gallery opening June 5th in NYC called “Neanderthal Jeans”