Mark Anthony Martinez is an Offwhite [tenuously latino, non-white, non-Black and non-affiliated indigenous], cisgender, hetero-performing, male. Through an interdisciplinary practice his work investigates how racialization can inflect a multitude of identifiers, interlocked in a complex web of society. Martinez' work, explores representation and power through image and symbol, to expose such identifiers as interconnected within his own particular and mostly privileged social location.
The aim of his practice seeks to illustrate an anti-racist aesthetic dedicated toward elucidating whiteness as a hegemonic power structure, within the confines of the whitewalled gallery.
__________________________________Born in San Antonio, Texas; Mark Anthony Martinez has lived, worked and exhibited in Portland, Oregon and Chicago, Illinois. Mark received his BFA in Intermedia at the Pacific Northwest College of Art (2011) and MFA in Contemporary Art Practice from Portland State University (2014). He currently resides in San Antonio, Texas where he is Visual Arts Director at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center. As Visual Arts Director Mark oversees exhibitions, as well as manages the Artist Lab fellowship (funded by the SURDNA Foundation).