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Madonna and Chapel © 2009
Martinez, Miguel
"Madonna and Chapel"
Lithograph
H:18 x W:24
$900
Miguel Martinez

With long-time ties to Taos, New Mexico, he is known for modernist oil pastel paintings of women, many of them Hispanic looking, whose faces fill almost the entire canvas. His goal is to reveal their souls and to make them look as though they live and breathe.

He was born and raised near the old Taos Plaza to a family that goes back three generations in that area. His father died when he was age three, and his mother raised him and his brothers and sisters.

He first took art lessons at the Stables Art Center where he won prizes and then crafted jewelry with his brother. Study with local artist Ray Vinella inspired him to become a full-time artist.

Although Martinez primarily paints portraits, he also works in bronze, ceramic, and oil, and his work incorporates his research into times when the Spanish first arrived in New Mexico.

He does not use models; the subjects come from his imagination.
Miguel Martinez was born in 1951 in Taos, New Mexico, near the old Taos Plaza; his family goes back three generations in that area. His father died when he was three years old and his mother raised him and his brothers and sisters. He first took art lessons at the Stables Art Center where he won prizes and then crafted jewelry with his brother. He studied with local artist Ray Vinella who inspired him to become a full-time artist.

He primarily paints portraits, but he also works in bronze, ceramics and oil and his work incorporates his research into times when the Spanish first arrived in New Mexico. He does not use models; his subjects come from his imagination. He is married and has two daughters.


Written and submitted by Jean Ershler Schatz, artist and researcher from Laguna Woods, California.

Sources:
From the internet, AskART.com
Southwest Art magazine, December 1998