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Vowing to never be “fenced in” by stereotypical southwestern art themes, Max-Carlos Martinez, a self-taught painter born in New Mexico, left Albuquerque for New York City in 1981. His paintings were primarily abstract or geometric until 1993, when a new creative journey was inspired by the intersection of two life-changing events: the death of his grandfather and the Latin American exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art. He began a portrait series that he hoped would “restore some of the life to six generations” of his family. Five of these portraits were featured in this exhibition. The show also included six new works on paper, a series that began when Martinez saw photographs of Abu Ghraib.

Max-Carlos Martinez’s Salina Art Center residency and exhibition were made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Horizons Grants Program of the Salina Arts & Humanities Commission, City of Salina.

Max-Carlos Martinez Summertime Blues, 2008 acrylic on paper 22 x 30 inches Courtesy of the artist

DON’T FENCE ME IN MAX-CARLOS MARTINEz

September 12 through November 16, 2008

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