Mark Anthony Martinez is a firm believer in the power of self-definition and the need to mark the familiar as decidedly particular. As such he defines himself as an Offwhite [tenuously latino, non-white, non-Black and non-affiliated indigenous], Cisgender, hetero-performing, male, interdisciplinary artist whose work interrogates the contemporary function of racial identity in US society.
Drawing from the social sciences, Martinez frames his recent practice by addressing the racialization of symbolic colors, such as brown and beige hues. Informing Martinez’ work, is the need to expose beige hues as decidedly particular as opposed to universal. It is in the particularity of privilege(s) that accompany certain social locators, visible characteristics and/or ways of being, that Martinez explores the variables of 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.