Juan Carlos Martinez is an award-winning artist from Toronto whose work has been featured in various publications and exhibitions around the world. He was trained in a classical realist tradition under the tutelage of master painter, M. John Angel in Toronto and in Florence, Italy, and has now evolved these methods into his own approach. Juan started his professional artistic journey rather late in life but, eventually, he left the professional life to pursue his vocation as a classical painter. Today, in addition to maintaining his portfolio and working on commissions, Juan is usually busy teaching, writing, or lecturing. He has acquired an international reputation both as an artist and art educator. His work hangs in numerous private and institutional collections in Canada and the United States. Juan Martinez is also a chief instructor at Toronto’s Academy of Realist Art (ARA), one of the largest and most significant institutions of its kind. Recently, Juan was featured in an 8-page article in American Artist Magazine (Nov. 2011) as well as in The Lawyer's Weekly (Jul. 15, 2011). He is the author of a popular 6-part instructional series in International Artist Magazine, entitled “The Academy Way”. Juan has been interviewed or featured in a number of publications, both online and in print, and appeared in “Star Portraits: Season 1”, on Canada’s Bravo! network. Included collections are the office of the President of Humber College, Toronto, the Crane School of Music (SUNY, New York) and the private collection of Fred and Sherry Ross.
Awards and Achievements
•2010 - 2011 Salon Finalist—
Art Renewal Center Salon Competition, Figure and Drawing Categories
• 2011 Finalist, Award of Exceptional Merit —
Portrait Society of America, Art of the Portrait Conference, Atlanta, GA