Jose Carlos Martinat

Selected works by Jose Carlos Martinat

Jose Carlos Martinat
Ejercicio Superficial #12


Glass and spray paint

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Jose Carlos Martinat’s art is at the interface of real and virtual worlds; his sources of inspiration are architecture and the urban milieu, human and cyberspace memories. His multimedia installations and sculptural assemblages incorporate a diversity of materials and strategies to alter preconceptions in regards to where things belong, he brings imprints meant for the street to the gallery, as an archeologist of sorts. This offhand methodology manifests in a number of manners.
Banner-like objects are made from transfers of political parties’ logos found in the city walls by means of lifting off the texture of the paint in resin. These Pintas are unmediated appropriations of political slogans fragments that end up pasted onto gallery walls.
The fascination with architectural modernism is matched in Martinat’s case by a penchant for a certain kitsch aesthetic that he articulates with the inclusion of tagging, strident colour and street art strategies. His Ejercicios Superficiales series encompasses a number of bodies of work in different mediums that generally evoke the idea of superficiality in the use of readymade surfaces covered in graffiti.
The superficiality of his intention – or rather his love of the surface – is also present in the sculptural composition Monumentos Vandalizables – Abstracción del Poder presented in the Mercosul Biennale of 2009, where fragments of emblematic buildings designed by Oscar Niemeyer for the futuristic Brasilia are built in white coated wood, and subsequently offered to the exhibition visitors to spray paint over them with slogans, graffiti and other intervention techniques. The dirtying of the icon could appear like a rebel boutade that conversely serves to perpetuate the iconography of modernism. It could also be a liberating force in the face of the widespread abuse of power.

Text © Gabriela Salgado

Jose Carlos Martinat's Biography

Jose Carlos Martinat
Born in 1974, Peru, South America
Lives and works between Lima, Peru & Mexico City


Ejercícios Superficiales sobre Dispositivos de Deleite, Galeria Leme, São Paulo, Brazil

Galeria Baginski , Lisboa, Portugal

Ejercicios de adición y sustracción para diversion, Revolver Galeria, Lima, Peru
Exercícios Superficiais para Galeria, Galeria Leme, São Paulo, Brazil


Suspicious Minds, Galeria Vermelho, S√£o Paulo, Brazil
Somos Libres, MATE, Lima, Peru
City Centre- Diankou, Lima, Palermo, Gervasuti Foundation, Venice, Italy
Project Space: Ruins in Reverse, Tate Modern, London, UK
Silver, Revolver Galeria, Lima, Peru

The Collaborative: Moola ‚Äď Museum of Latin American Art, Los Angeles, USA
9th Shanghai Biennale, China
EVA International, Biennial of Visual Art, Limerick City, Ireland

DIFRACCI√ďN , Arr√≥niz Arte Contempor√°neo, Mexico City, Mexico
Colleción Contemporanea del Museo Arte de Lima, Estação Pinacoteca, São Paulo, Brazil
Bruma, 20 Hoxton Square, London, England

Restraint SESC Pinheiros, S√£o Paulo, Brazil
Monumentos vandalizables: abstracción de poder III, Mali, Lima, Peru
Ejercicios de abstraccion y substraccion para distraccion, Galeria Revolver, Lima, Peru

Galeria Revolver, Lima, Peru
Restraint (New Media Art Practices from Brazil and Peru), Maison de la culture Marie-Uguay and OBORO, Montréal, Canada
7ª Bienal do Mercosul, Porto Alegre, Brazil
2ª Trienal Poli/Gráfica de San Juan: América Latina y el Caribe, San Juan, Porto Rico
Misfeasance?, Museo de Arte Ra√ļl Anguiano, Guadalajara, Mexico

Emergentes, curated by José-Carlos Mariategui, Centro Fundacion Telefonica, Lima, Peru
La Construcción de un Lugar Comum, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Lima, Peru

Ambiente de Estereo Realidad 4, La Laboral, Madrid, Spain
10¬į00 S / 76¬į00 W, Galeria Leme, S√£o Paulo, Brazil
Fotógrafos contemporáneos, Galería Lucia de la Puente, Lima, Peru
Doppelganger: El doble de la Realidad, MARCO Museo de Arte Contempor√°neo de Vigo, Vigo, Spain

Constelaciones, Muestra de Arte Contempor√°neo, Museo de Arte de Lima, Peru
A imagen y semejanza, Museo de arte Contempor√°neo de Arequipa, Arequipa, Peru
Cambios Estructurales 1, Museo de la Universidad San Marcos, Lima, Peru

Ambiente de Estereo Realidad 2, Festival de Video /Arte /Electrónico, Lima, Peru
Vestigio Barroco, Centro Cultural de Espa√Īa, Lima, Peru

Cubo blanco- Flexi time, Galería Luís Miro Quesada Garland, Lima, Peru
Absolut Vodka Creation, Galería Lucia de la Puente, Lima, Peru
Ambiente de Estereo Realidad 1, World Wide Video Festival, Amsterdam, Netherlands
V√≠a Sat√©lite: fotograf√≠a y video arte contempor√°neo del Per√ļ ‚Äď travelling exhibition, Centro Cultural de Espa√Īa, Lima, Peru

Casa tomada, Galería Lucia de la Puente, Lima, Peru

Impecable Soledad, Centro Cultural de Espa√Īa, Lima, Peru

Co-raz√≥n, Centro Cultural de Espa√Īa, Lima, Peru
Trans-apariencias, Centro Cultural de la Católica, Lima, Peru

Casa, intervention in domestic space, Lima, Peru

Nuevos fotógrafos Peruanos, Galería Luís Miro Quesada Garland, Lima, Peru