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Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks. Simonides

Edgar Martinez



















Edgar Martinez


"Edgar Martinez, born in Toluca, Mexico, came to Vallarta at the age of 6. Although Edgar feels deeply inspired and influenced by the great masters, he has worked diligently to create his own style. He considers himself a surrealist with a basis in the classics. While there is a richness to his paintings that makes one ask if he was trained in Europe, Edgar draws from his Mexican culture to create the subjects in his paintings, often depicting bulls, bull fighters or village scenes. He works in a medium of marble powder mixed with oil, painstakingly layered to create textures, allowing him to express himself more as an expressionist rather than a realist. These textured layers give his paintings life by allowing light, a crucial element in his work, to dance across the canvas. Edgar’s discipline and confidence in his own works never fails to surprise us and leave us wanting to see more. Seashells – the primary element of this show – functions as an exclamation of surprise, used to express an emotion that traps the senses. The human mind is unique, and process of creating and materializing an idea is an extraordinary event that, in essence, makes Edgar’s work have a cultural, esthetic and historic value. He has created a firm step to conscience in the elaboration of the work, and it is important that the work speaks for itself. There is success when the senses of an individual are moved, and Edgar works to move these senses by taking the spectator with him on an imaginary trip. “I have been working for several years in oil, using a technique like no other. Even though I may appreciate others, oil is the only medium that truly fascinates me. In relation to the art: creating, imagining, sharing one’s own vision, is without a doubt a great satisfaction.” The gestures and attire of Edgar’s characters tend toward classic renaissance, and the chiaroscuro is elemental and defines his style creating an expression that is both creative and magical achieving a difference between that ordinary and the unimaginable."

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Young and very talented are two words to describe Edgar. No one re-invents himself each year more than he. When one compares the works from year to year, they cannot believe they were painted by the same artist.

His latest creations of marble powder mixed with oil, painstakingly layered to create textures that leave the viewer wanting to see more. He plans to continue working in this style, as he is very proud of the finished works.

There is a richness to his paintings that makes one ask if he was trained in Europe. Edgar also draws from his Mexican culture to create the subjects in his paintings, often using Oaxacan women, in honor of his mother.


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