As an Offwhite [tenuously latino, non-white, non-Black and non-affiliated indigenous], Cisgender, hetero-performing, male, Mark Anthony Martinez is a firm believer of the need to mark the familiar as decidedly particular. Through an interdisciplinary practice his work investigates how racialization can inflect a multitude of identifiers, interlocked in the complex web of society.
In an attempt to isolate the variables of identity Martinez work, explores stereotype, visible characteristics and ways of being, to expose such variables as interconnected within his own particular and mostly privileged social location.
__________________________________Born in San Antonio, Texas; Mark Anthony Martinez has lived, worked and exhibited in Portland, Oregon and Chicago, Illinois. In 2008 Martinez moved to Portland where he received his BFA in Intermedia at the Pacific Northwest College of Art (2011) and MFA in Contemporary Art Practice from Portland State University (2014). Martinez currently resides in San Antonio, Texas where he is Visual Arts Director at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center.