America Martin

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Biography

America Martin is a Colombian-American painter and sculptor based in Los Angeles. She studied with Vernon Wilson, professor of painting and drawing at Art Center School of Design, and was a scholarship student at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, MA.

The magnetic pull of Martin's work is authentic, generated by both her ability to express a unique gesture that speaks to a universal truth (thus, we recognize it instantly) and her exceptional skill at rendering that truth via the human form.

Martin’s art and personality encapsulates a sense of enthusiasm and hope. While born in the USA, the roots of America’s Colombian heritage deeply penetrate her work. People are Martin’s dominant subject. They are large in size, vivacious and accessible, and seem to burst out of the limits of each canvas or sculpture. Within this pulsating interplay of color, texture, line, and shapes, there is always America’s signature expression that identifies each work as an America Martin.

About her work, Martin says, “It is true. The artist is not born to a life of pleasure, she cannot be idle. It is only duty and discipline that make art. The artist is gluttonous, constantly devouring life in order to translate all that she sees, smells, lives or breathes into her own language. There is no choosing this life, an artist paints because she must.”

Schools of Study

Apprenticeship with Vernon Wilson, Art Center College of Design 1990-1998
School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 1998-1999

Partial List of Collections

Various private collections in the United States and Canada

Selected Awards

U.S. Department of State’s Office of Art in Embassies Art in Embassies Program 2017

Selected Exhibitions

JoAnne Artman Gallery, NY 2019
Elizabeth Gordon Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA 2019
Wally Workman Gallery, Austin, TX 2019
JoAnne Artman Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA 2019
203 Fine Art Gallery, Taos, NM 2019

JoAnne Artman Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA 2018
JoAnne Artman Gallery, N.Y. 2018
J. Willott Gallery, Palm Springs, CA 2018
Wally Workman Gallery, Austin, TX 2018
TEW Galleries, Atlanta, GA 2018

JoAnne Artman Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA 2017
Carver Hill Gallery, Rockland, ME 2017
JoAnne Artman Gallery, N.Y. 2017
J. Willott Gallery, Palm Springs, CA 2017
Wally Workman Gallery, Austin, TX 2017
TEW Galleries. Atlanta, GA 2017

JoAnne Artman Gallery, New York, N.Y. 2016
Elizabeth Gordon Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA 2016
TEW Galleries, Atlanta, GA 2016
Wally Workman Gallery, Austin, TX 2016
JoAnne Artman Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA 2016
Carver Hill Gallery, Rockland, ME 2016

Selected Works in Our Inventory