Enrique Martinez Celaya, Invierno (Winter), 2007. 116 x 150 inches. Oil and wax on canvas.
Nov. 2, 2007 - Jan. 13, 2008
Enrique Martinez Celaya: Nomad
Enrique Martínez Celaya works in a variety of media, including painting, photography, sculpture and installation. He is perhaps best known for his large-scale paintings made from tar and other materials. Influenced by the writings of poets and philosophers, these rich and brooding paintings suggest deep feelings of loneliness, yearning and desire for connection. Generally stripped down in imagery, but dense in execution, Celaya’s atmospheric paintings are both highly expressive yet strangely mute. For his exhibition at MAM, Cuban-born Enrique Martínez Celaya will create a group of five large-scale oil-and-wax paintings inspired in part by the poems of Swedish Nobel laureate Harry Martinson, which will explore issues of exile and nomadism.
The exhibition is organized by Pérez Art Museum and curated by Assistant Director for Programs/Senior Curator Peter Boswell as part of New Work, a series of projects by leading contemporary artists. It is supported by the Funding Arts Network and PAMM’s Annual Exhibition Fund.