Enrique Martínez Celaya

b.1964, Havana, Cuba; lives and works in Los Angeles, California

Enrique Martínez Celaya uses landscapes and figures to explore a metaphysical world. Raised in Spain and Puerto Rico, he began his formal training as an apprentice to a painter at the age of twelve and developed an enduring interest in writing and philosophy in the turbulent Puerto Rican cultural and political environment of the 1970s. He initially studied physics and quantum electronics, going on to earn his MFA. Today he is known for his paintings, sculptures, and prints, which are collected and exhibited around the world.

During his residency at Tamarind, he created the 2014 Collectors Club print along with several other editions exemplary of his interest in the relationship between one’s existence in the present and the past.

Martínez Celaya’s work can be found in permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, Sweden; and the Museum der bildenden Künste in Leipzig, Germany, among others. He has received numerous honors including National Artist Award from the Anderson Ranch Arts Center, the Cecil and Ida Green Honors Chair, California Community Foundation Fellowship, J. Paul Getty Trust Fund for Visual Arts, Knight Foundation Grant, and Young Talent Award from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.


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Matt Magee
After Math, 2013
Single-color lithograph, diptych

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Liliana Porter
To Be Wrong, 2013
Three-color lithograph

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Steven Sorman
These Stations - III and XIII, 1990
Two four-color lithographs

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SCUBA: Sandra Wang and Crockett Bodelson
Now Serving, 2015
Single-color lithograph with hand-painted collage element (variable placement)

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David Row
Mutineer, 2014
Six-color lithograph