Resume/Exhibitions

Birthplace:

Phoenix, AZ

Education:

MFA, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA, 1985
BFA, School of Art, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, 1979

Selected Exhibits:

In/Sight 2010. Chelsea Art Museum, New York, NY, 2010.
Relevant: Reflection, Reformation, Revival. Nathan Cummings Foundation and American Indian Artists, Inc. (AMERINDA), New York, NY, 2009.
The Importance of In/Visibility: Recent Work by Native American Artists Living in New York City, AMERINDA in partnership with CSV Cultural and Educational Center, Abrazo Interno Gallery, NY, 2009.
Native Voices: Contemporary Indigenous Art, Three Brooklyn Exhibitions, Kentler International Drawing Center, FiveMyles Gallery, Long Island University Salena and Humanities Gallery, 2008.
Mario Martinez and Steven Yazzie, Berlin Gallery, Heard Museum, Phoenix, AZ, 2007.
Native New Yorkers, NESUD Gallery, Suffolk University, Boston, MA, 2007.
New Tribe: New York: From Tradition to Transcendence, Mario Martinez Retrospective, National Museum of the American Indian, George Gustav Heye Center, New York City, NY, 2005.
Home: Native People in the Southwest, Heard Museum, Phoenix, AZ, 2005.
Indian Market Show, Lewallan Gallery, Santa Fe, NM, 2003.
Mario Martinez: the last San Francisco paintings, Cakewalk, Phoenix, Arizona, 2003.
Contemporary Artists Federation group show, Saitama Museum of Modern Art, Saitama, Japan, 2002.
AlieNation, AICH Gallery, NY, NY, 2002. Rewritings: Painting from Native America, Artfit Exhibition Space, Phoenix, Arizona, 2002.
who stole the tepee?, National Museum of the American Indian, New York, New York, 2000.
Fall, Jan Cicero gallery, Chicago, Illinois, 1999.
Solo Show, American Indian Arts, San Francisco, CA, 1998.
The Fall Antiquities and Contemporary Art Show, Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO, 1998.
Native Abstraction: Modern Forms Ancient Ideas, Museum of New Mexico: Museum of Indian Art and Culture, Santa Fe, NM, 1997.
We are Many, We are One, University of Wisconsin, La Crosse, Wisconsin, 1997.
New Art from Native America, Center Gallery, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA, 1997.
Honoring Diversity: Multicultural Perspectives, Koret Gallery, Palo Alto, CA, 1997.
I Stand in the Center of the Good, American Indian Community House Gallery, New York, NY, 1996.
Native Streams, Jan Cicero Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, Turman Art Gallery, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, Indiana, 1996-1997.
Living Tapestry: Contemporary Native American Artists, Laney College Art Gallery, Oakland, CA, 1995.
Mario Martinez: Visual Interpretations of Yaqui Myths & Legends, American Indian Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, CA, 1995.
Artists Who Are Indian, Denver Art Museum, Denver CO, 1995.
Expressions of Spirit, Wheelwright Museum, Santa Fe, NM, 1995.
Books by Native Artists, American Indian Community House Gallery, New York, NY, 1994-1995.
The Submuloc Show/Columbus Wohs, ATLATL and Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA, 1992-1994.
We are Human Beings: 27 Contemporary Native American Artists, The College of Wooster Museum, Wooster, Ohio, 1992-1993.

Collections:

Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Chicago, Illinois
The Heard Museum, Phoenix, Arizona
City of Phoenix, City Hall Collection, Phoenix, Arizona
City of Scottsdale, City Hall Collection, Scottsdale, Arizona Rockwell Museum, Corning, New York
Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, Arizona
University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona
Pacific Gas & Electric of California Standard Federal Bank, Burr Ridge, Illinois
Snite Museum, University of Notre Dame, Indiana

Bibliography:

Everett, Deborah and Elayne Zorn, Encyclopedia of Native American Artists: Artists of the American Mosaic. Wesport, CT and London: Greenwood Press, 2008.
Guiliano, Charles, "Mario Martinez: Native New Yorker", #246 (June 3, 2006), Maverick-arts.com
The American West: People, Places and Ideas, Suzan Campbell and Kathleen E. Ash-Milby, Rockwell Museum of Western Art, Western Edge Press, Santa Fe, NM, 2001.
Painting as a Language, J. Robertson and C. McDaniel, Harcourt College Publishers, 2000.
Abstract Visions, featured article, Southwest Art, April, 2000. Contemporary Native Art Calendar, 1998, Garfinkel Publications, Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Native American Painting in the 20th Century, E. Wade, University of Oklahoma Press, OK.
The Telling of the Word, W.S. Penn, ed., Stewart; Tabori and Chang, New York, NY, 1996.
Native American Art, David W. Penney and George C. Longfish, Hugh Lauter Levin Associates, 1994.
I Stand in the Center of the Good: Interviews with Contemporary Native American Artists, Univ. of Nebraska Press, Lawrence Abbot, ed., 1994.
College of Wooster Art Museum, We, the Human Beings: 27 Contemporary Native American Artists. Wooster, OH: The College of Wooster, 1992.

Grants, Awards and Special Projects:

Art in Embassies Program collaborative print portfolio, National Museum of the American Indian & US State Department, 2007.
Commission: Mural, Heard Museum, Phoenix, AZ, 2003-2005.
Native Artist in Residence Fellowship, National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Museums, New York, NY, 2001-2002.
Monothon, College of Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM, 2002.
Heard Museum Print Workshop, Heard Museum, Phoenix, AZ, 2001.
Lasting Impressions, print portfolio, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, 2001.
Reopening the West, Rockwell Museum of Western Art, Corning, New York, 2001.
Scottsdale/Penjamo Yaqui Mural Project, Scottsdale, AZ, 1999. Native Arts Research Fellowship, National Museum of the American Indian, NY, NY, awarded by ATLATL and the National Museum of the American Indian, 1998.
Native Arts Research Fellowship, National Museum of the American Indian, NY, awarded by ATLATL and the National Museum of the American Indian, 1998.

 

Artist Bio

Mario Martinez is a Yaqui Indian from Penjamo (in Scottsdale), the smallest of six Yaqui settlements, in Arizona. He is a member of The Pasqua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona. After an early art career in San Francisco, he moved to New York City in 2002. He received his bachelor's degree from School of Art, Arizona State University in Tempe and his master's of fine arts degree from the San Francisco Art Institute.

His work has been exhibited in 2005 in a one-person retrospective at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian in New York. Other group exhibitions include: "Who Stole the Tee Pee?" at the National Museum of the American Indian, New York; "AlieNation" at the American Indian Community House Gallery and the Contemporary Artists Federation Group Show in Saitama, Japan. In 2000, he was a visiting professor of art at the University of Arizona in Tucson, and in 2001 he received the Native Artist in Residence Fellowship from the National Museum of the American Indian. In 2005, Mario completed a commission for the Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona; a 22 foot mural called "Sonoran Desert: Yaqui Home" as part of "Home: Desert Peoples in the Southwest" exhibition.