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Historic Santa Fe Foundation Presents Max-Carlos Martinez: Paintings 2015-2016

Max-Carlos Martinez: Paintings 2015-2016

The exhibition Max-Carlos Martinez: Paintings 2015-2016 opens at El Zaguán, 545 Canyon Road, Suite 2, on Friday, September 2nd from 5-7pm and continues through September 30th, 2016.

“Martinez layers smooth acrylic coats of color over a minimalist outline sketch, making his paintings reminiscent of a collage or print. The use of repeated images among separate works, fresh with subtle alterations and varying color combinations, speaks to Martinez’s interest in the individual within historical frameworks of cultural identity and group mentality.” – Wylla Skye, CCA Santa Fe.

The work speaks to the idealistic creation of the American West and then the formation of a Modern Santa Fe. The subjects are removed from any context suggesting a dialog with Contemporary notions of how the region has shifted and where it may go.

Self taught artist, Max-Carlos Martinez, was born in 1961 in Albuquerque, New Mexico and began painting in 1979. He moved to New York City in 1981, where he lived, painted, attended residencies, and exhibited works for 29 years. He returned to New Mexico in 2010 and began an artist residency at El Zagúan where he has been living since. Martinez continues exhibiting his paintings in solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally. His work has been published, reviewed in many publications and is in public and numerous private collections.

The Historic Santa Fe Foundation (HSFF) is a private, non-profit membership organization founded in 1961. HSFF is dedicated to the preservation of Santa Fe’s historic buildings and neighborhoods. Our mission is to preserve, protect and promote the historic properties and diverse cultural heritage of the Santa Fe area and to educate the public about Santa Fe’s history and the importance of preservation. Historic Santa Fe Foundation offices are located in El Zaguán, 545 Canyon Road, Suite 2, Santa Fe, New Mexico. More information can be found at

Contact: Melanie McWhorter at or call 505.983.2567 for more information or images.