Javier Martin's "Blindness Alma" And Other Works



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Artist

Javier Martin, 32

Originally From

I was born in Ceuta, Spain a small Spanish territory in Northern Africa, but I grew up in Marbella. However, I have also lived in Asia for several years including Hong Kong and Seoul.

Currently Based

I am currently based in Miami, FL. But I often find myself traveling.

Themes in your work

As an artist I have a responsibility, art has a purpose and in my opinion should not just be beautiful. I want to express something powerful and meaningful in my work, and I base much of my art on my observations and what is happening in the world around me. Everything from consumerism, immigration, war, and the superficiality of society. However, I do not criticize but use my art to communicate. I invite the viewer to think critically and reflect on the issues I believe are especially prevalent.

"I have a responsibility, art has a purpose and in my opinion should not just be beautiful"

Art medium

I don’t subscribe to one specific style or medium. My focus is the message. I work with different materials and techniques, from painting, sculpture, and performance. However, I often work with wood, and about six to seven years ago I began exploring the use of lights in my work. I believe in freedom, and adhering to one style would cut my wings.

Artistic process

I have a book where I put all of my thoughts. I have been working with my Blindness concept for over a decade, so my method varies as I’m continually experimenting and trying new things. One of the most critical aspects is investigating and sourcing my materials and how to execute the ideas that I have.

Upcoming Shows

I have a few group shows happening simultaneously in Paris, Seoul, and Montreal.

Recently in Art Basel I presented two different installations, including Blindness Alma | A Room Without Walls , this is the latest extension of my Blindness Collection, which will be on view at Valli Art Gallery through the end of January.

Blindness Alma is a 64 square-foot immersive installation that encapsulates a decade of my work into one transcendental physical space.•



javier martin, ceuta spain, artist, multimedia, art, interview, howl magazine, neon, sculpture, art basel, nyc




javier martin, ceuta spain, artist, multimedia, art, interview, howl magazine, neon, sculpture, art basel, nyc



javier martin, ceuta spain, artist, multimedia, art, interview, howl magazine, neon, sculpture, art basel, nyc



javier martin, ceuta spain, artist, multimedia, art, interview, howl magazine, neon, sculpture, art basel, nyc

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