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Patrick Martinez was born in Pasadena, CA, in 1980. He received a BFA with honors from Art Center College of Design in 2005. His work has been exhibited throughout the US and internationally at venues including Vincent Price Art Museum, California African American Art Museum, LA Louver, Showroom MAMA, Providence College Galleries, Galerie Lelong & Co., SUR biennial, Chinese American Museum and The Studio Museum in Harlem. Martinez’s work is included in the public collections of Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), The George D. and Harriet W. Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Pizzuti Collection, and Museum of Latin American Art, California.


2019 That Which We Do Not See, Fort Gansevoort, New York, NY
2018               Remembering to Forget, Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2017               America is for Dreamers, Vincent Price Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA
American Memorial, Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Winter Park, FL
Po-lice, Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA
All Season Portfolio, Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2015               Forbidden Fruit, New Image Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2013               Buy Now, Cry Later, Public Functionary, Minneapolis, MN
2012               Lovely Day, Known Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2011                Hustlemania, Known Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Reel Tawlk, Loft in Space Gallery, Honolulu, HI
2009              You Don't Have To Lie To Kick It, Upper Playground / Fifty24la Gallery Los Angeles, CA
2004              The Palm Tree Paradox, Crewest Gallery, Los Angeles, CA


2019                Arte Extraordinaro, Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA
2018                Here, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
                        FOCUS: California, Curated by Glen Helfand and Kim Nguyen, Art Toronto, Toronto,  
Building Bridges, Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, Mexico City, Mexico
Bold Visual Language Emory Douglas, LACE, Los Angeles, CA
Beyond the Streets, Curated by Roger Gastman, Los Angeles, CA
Black is a color, curated by Essence Harden, Antenna Gallery, New Orleans, LA        
                        Sidelined, Galerie Lelong, New York, NY
2017                 My Barrio: Emigdio Vasquez and Chicana/o Identity in Orange County, Guggenheim 
                        Gallery, Chapman University, Orange, CA
                        Fictions, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY
                        Face to Face: Los Angeles Collects Portraiture, California African American Museum, 
                        Los Angeles, CA
Black is a color, curated by Essence Harden, Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles, CA   
                        1992, Residency Art, Los Angeles, CA
Flash Point 2017: Twenty-five Years After the 1992 Los Angeles Uprising, UCLA,
Los Angeles, CA
We Buy Gold, Brooklyn, NY
2016                 Roll Call, curated by Gajin Fujita, LA Louver, Los Angeles, CA
Southland, curated by Patrick Martinez, Charlie James gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2015                 The Thrill of Victory the Agony of Defeat: Sports in Contemporary Art, New Image   
                         Art, Los Angeles, CA
A Sign Only Has to Serve as a Sign, Providence College Galleries, Rhode Island
Found in Translation, MACLA Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana,
San Jose, CA Los Angeles SUR Biennial, Cerritos College Art Gallery, Cerritos, CA
This Is My Trip, Joshua Liner Gallery, New York, NY
Mooncakes, Churros, and Cherry Pie, Euphrat Museum of Art, Cupertino, CA
2014                  Seau Banco Carbon, Bed Stuy Love Affair, New York, NY
My Crazy Life, New Image Art, Los Angeles, CA
RE:DEFINE, Dallas Contemporary, Dallas, TX
L.A. Heat, Chinese American Museum, Los Angeles, CA
2013                   Most Oddinism, Art Basel, Miami, FL
                          Break Bread, Site Specific Installation, El Tapatio Market, Bell Gardens, CA
                          July Group Show, Guerrero Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Bespoke Auction, Dallas Contemporary, Dallas, TX
Bullets Billboard Project, Various Locations around L.A., Los Angeles, CA
2012                   Scope Miami Art Fair, VH1 Lounge Garden Installation, Miami, FL
                          Scope Miami Art Fair, Circuit 12 Contemporary, Miami, FL
Lance Armstrong - 15 Years of Live Strong, Featuring work from: Ed Ruscha, Mister 
Dustin Yellin and Patrick Martinez, Austin Convention Center, Austin, TX
Season Opener, Guerrero Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Getty Research Institute "Black Book Project", Permanent Collection, The Getty, Los Angeles, CA
Even Flow, 3 Person Show, Circuit 12 Contemporary, Dallas, T City of Fire, Curated by Arrested Motion,
Steven Webster Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA  
All in for the 99%, Curated by New Image Art, Ace Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Palm Springs Fine Art Fair / Post - War And Contemporary Art
Group Show, Cheech Marin / Known Gallery / Thomas Paul Fine Art, Palm Springs, CA
Dream Continuum, Group Show, Circuit 12 Contemporary, Dallas, TX
2011                   Assorted Flavor, Known Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
                          Ward of the State, Rivera Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Nothing To Say, Guerrero Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2010                   Dreams Deferred, Chinese American Museum Los Angeles, CA
Come In We're Closed, Store Front Installation, Los Angeles, CA
Re:Form School, New York, NY
(I Can) Feel The Pulse, Mama Showroom Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Freedom, Known Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Manifest Equality, Los Angeles, CA
Keep It Real, Semi Permanent installation, Show and Tell Gallery Toronto, Canada
2009                  Manifest Hope, Irvine Contemporary Washington D.C.
Scion Installation Tour, Various Galleries across the United States, Detroit, MI,
Miami, FL Phoenix, AZ, Minneapolis, MN, New York, NY, San Jose, CA, Philadelphia, PA,
                          Portland, OR, Los Angeles, CA
2008                  New Works, Two Man Show Upper Playground / Fifty24la Gallery Los Angeles, CA 
                          Scion Installation Tour, Various Galleries across the United States, Detroit, MI, Miami, FL Phoenix,
Minneapolis, MN, New York, NY, San Jose, CA, 
                          Philadelphia, PA, Portland, OR, Los Angeles, CA
2007                  Rendition, Scion Art Gallery Culver City, CA
2006                  Soul Significance, Crewest Gallery Los Angeles, CA
2005                  The First Annual LA Weekly Biennial, Track 16 Gallery Santa Monica, CA
2003                  No Struggle, No Progress, Rock Rose Gallery Los Angeles, CA


               Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Rollins College, Winter Park, FL
Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH
Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, CA
Pizzuti Collection, Columbus, OH


2019 Wheat, Lorraine, “Hammer Museum’s Annual K.A.M.P Inspires Next Generation of Artists”,
The Hollywood Reporter, May 20.
González Ulloa, Karina. “Patrick Martinez: más que un artista, más que un nombre”, Vogue Mexico, April 15.
Patrick Martinez Presents That Which We Do Not See @ Fort Gansevoort in New York”, AUTRE, April 11.
Elias, Diony. “Patrick Martinez: A Celebration of Heroes”, Gallery Gurls, April 3.
Lakin, Max. “Patrick Martinez’s Cake Art Is Good Enough to Eat”, Garage, April 1.
Orlow, Emma. “Don’t Miss This Exhibit of Civil Rights-themed Cake Paintings”, Time Out New York, March 21.
Cascone, Sarah and Goldstein, Caroline. “23 High-Energy Gallery Shows Opening in New York This March
that You Won’t Want to Miss”,
Artnet, March 6.
Dawn Graves, Cassidy. "Art Shows: Fire Island, Creative Teens, and Political Cakes
Bedford + Bowery, March 5.
Estiler, Keith. “Armory Week: Must-See Exhibitions During NYC Largest Arts Festival” HYPEBEAST, March 1.
Estiler, Keith. “Patrick Martinez’s Cake Paintings of Civil Rights Leaders to Display in NYC Show Alongside
landscape works & neon pieces”
HYPEBEAST, February 28.
AFineLyne. “Patrick Martinez That Which We Do Not See Opening at Fort Gansevoort” February 21.
Collins, Bianca. “Patrick Martinez: Building a Bridge”, Artillery Magazine, January 16.
2018                   Dayal, Mira. “Fictions – The Studio Museum in Harlem”, Artforum
Rodney, Seph.“The Political Truths That Ground Our Athletic Heroes”, Hyperallergic,
2017                   Cotter, Holland.“From Personal to Political, 19 Artists to Watch Next Year”, New York
Sandler, Leah. “Artist Patrick Martinez remixes everyday stuff like school supplies, 
                          store neons and sheet cakes into artifacts of brutality”,
Orlando Weekly,
Jean Black, Ezrha. “Patrick Martinez: All Season Portfolio”, Artillery Magazine
Miranda, Carolina. “How graffiti, neon signs and Pee-Chee folders taught artist
                          Patrick Martinez to see Los Angeles”
, Los Angeles Times
Harden, Essence. “A Grief, Which Does Not Cease, Insists on a Presence, Which Must   
“Patrick Martinez at Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles”, ArtNews
2016                   Salseda, Rose G.  “Black and Blue and Brown: Artists Depict Police Brutality”, KCET  
                          Artbound, 2017 David Pagel, “L.A.’s potent ‘Call’”, Los Angeles Times
Popescu, Adam. “Kobe Bryant’s Next Step, New Shoes, and Moves with Los Angeles   
, New York Times
Harden, Essence. “What Resonates: Southland at Charlie James Gallery”, SFAQ
Austin Cross and A Martinez, “SoCal Artist uses Pee-Chee style to document police  
                          use of force”
, KPCC Take Two
Ohanesian, Liz.“Retro ‘Pee-Chee’ Folders are Re-envisioned to Memorialize Victims
                         of Police Brutality”
Cochrane, Kristen. “Meet Patrick Martinez: Drake’s Favourite Neon Artist”, Amuse,  
Rivas, Jorge. “Iconic ‘Pee-Chee’ folders Reimagined with Familiar Scenes of Police       
2015                  Dewberry, Chloe. “Artist Patrick Martinez Gives the Still Life a Neon Makeover”,
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