Marc Straus

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José Carlos Martinat (b. 1974, Lima, Peru) lives and works in Lima, Peru. Martinat’s work is concerned with the social, cultural and political contexts of Latin America. He has a multidisciplinary practice that involves painting, sculpture, audio, appropriation and text.

In his signature work Martinat sources graffiti from walls and surfaces throughout South America. He’s developed a technique to extract layers of paint that is then peeled away maintaining the grittiness of the wall with its imagery. He appropriates logos, letters and phrases that capture the political tension of the populace. These “paintings” have a new life on the white walls of galleries, museums, and private collections. They are at once beautiful and unusual objects while keeping the emotional tension of the source.

Martinat’s works grapple with the politics of much of Latin America, a region torn between socialism, autocracy, and neoliberalism. Inhabitants of this region are tired of social inequality and outdated economic models that leave many behind. Martinat’s extractions from political campaigns capture the dreams and often false promises of new generations of politicians and leaders.

In his most recent works executed in March 2021, Martinat captured an important moment in Peru. The presidential election took place and the populace was reacting to their limited choices in a system rife with corruption. Anger spilled into the streets and the graffiti speaks poignantly to the deep frustration of the populace.

Martinat had a solo installation at the Perez Art Museum in Miami, American Echo Chamber, 2019. This large-scale multimedia work was composed of mechanical light sculptures. One element titled Join or Die references an early American political cartoon attributed to Benjamin Franklin and features a dismembered snake made from the neon lights affiliated with flashy American consumerism.

Recent work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art (New York), Perez Art Museum (Miami), Tate Modern (London), Saatchi Collection (London), the Museum of Contemporary Art São Paulo (Brazil), the Lima Art Museum (Peru), the Latin American Art Museum of Buenos Aires (Argentina), and shortly the Guggenheim, NYC.

Martinat has shown extensively in many other international institutions including Museo de Arte de Zapopan, Mexico (2017) , Biennale, Brazil (2009 and 2015), Saatchi Gallery, London (2014), Tate Modern, London (2013), Biennale of Visual Arts, Ireland (2012), Noord-Holland Biennale, Netherlands (2012), Museum of Latin American Art, Los Angeles (2012), IX Shanghai Biennale, China (2012), Estação Pinacoteca, Brazil (2011), Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami (2011),Trienal Poligráfica de Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico (2009), Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Vigo, Spain (2007), IFA (Germany), La Laboral, Spain (2007), MALI, Lima (Lima), among others.

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Selected Works
2021
Acrylic, fiberglass and found graffiti wall extraction
66.9 x 70.8 inches (170 x 180 cm) -  Marc Straus Gallery
Fuerza Popular / Alianza por el Progresso (Popular Force / Alliance for the progress)

2021
Acrylic, fiberglass and found graffiti wall extraction
66.9 x 70.8 inches (170 x 180 cm)

2021
Acrylic, fiberglass and found graffiti wall extraction
75.5 x 71.6 inches (192 x 182 cm) -  Marc Straus Gallery
Peru Libre #2 / Free Peru #2

2021
Acrylic, fiberglass and found graffiti wall extraction
75.5 x 71.6 inches (192 x 182 cm)

2021
Acrylic, fiberglass and found graffiti wall extraction
90.551 x 55.906 in (230 x 142 cm) -  Marc Straus Gallery
Number 1

2021
Acrylic, fiberglass and found graffiti wall extraction
90.551 x 55.906 in (230 x 142 cm)

2021
Acrylic, fiberglass and found graffiti wall extraction
88.5 x 70.8 inches (225 x 180 cm) -  Marc Straus Gallery
Runa

2021
Acrylic, fiberglass and found graffiti wall extraction
88.5 x 70.8 inches (225 x 180 cm)

2021
Acrylic, fiberglass and found graffiti wall extraction
74.8 x 88.5 inches (190 x 225 cm) -  Marc Straus Gallery
Keiko, Fuerza Popular / Keiko, Popular Force

2021
Acrylic, fiberglass and found graffiti wall extraction
74.8 x 88.5 inches (190 x 225 cm)

2021
Acrylic, fiberglass and found graffiti wall extraction
71.6 x 87.4 inches (182 x 222 cm) -  Marc Straus Gallery
Peru Libre #1 / Free Peru #1

2021
Acrylic, fiberglass and found graffiti wall extraction
71.6 x 87.4 inches (182 x 222 cm)

2021
Acrylic, fiberglass and found graffiti wall extraction
91.3 x 68.8 inches (232 x 175 cm) -  Marc Straus Gallery
Voy a disparar balas/trabajo (I’m going to shoot bullets/ work)

2021
Acrylic, fiberglass and found graffiti wall extraction
91.3 x 68.8 inches (232 x 175 cm)

2021
Acrylic, fiberglass and found graffiti wall extraction
74.8 x 62.9 inches (190 x 160 cm) -  Marc Straus Gallery
Democracia Directa / Direct Democracy

2021
Acrylic, fiberglass and found graffiti wall extraction
74.8 x 62.9 inches (190 x 160 cm)

2021
Acrylic, fiberglass and found graffiti wall extraction
101.5 x 65.3 inches (258 x 166 cm) -  Marc Straus Gallery
Caja Municipal

2021
Acrylic, fiberglass and found graffiti wall extraction
101.5 x 65.3 inches (258 x 166 cm)

2021
Acrylic, fiberglass and found graffiti wall extraction
43 x 41.8 inches -  Marc Straus Gallery
Juntos por el Peru (Together for Peru)

2021
Acrylic, fiberglass and found graffiti wall extraction
43 x 41.8 inches

2021
Acrylic, fiberglass and found graffiti wall extraction
50 x 50 inches
127 x 127 cm -  Marc Straus Gallery
Cruz Roja (Red Cross)

2021
Acrylic, fiberglass and found graffiti wall extraction
50 x 50 inches
127 x 127 cm

2021 -  Marc Straus Gallery
Extraction Process (Red Cross)

2021

2021
Acrylic, fiberglass and found graffiti wall extraction
82.6 x 66.9 inches (210 x 170 cm) -  Marc Straus Gallery
Fuerza Inka amazónica (Amazon Inka Force)

2021
Acrylic, fiberglass and found graffiti wall extraction
82.6 x 66.9 inches (210 x 170 cm)

verso view -  Marc Straus Gallery
Fuerza Inka amazónica (Amazon Inka Force)

verso view

2021 -  Marc Straus Gallery
Extraction process Fuerza Inka amazónica (Amazon Inka Force)

2021

2021
Acrylic, fiberglass and found graffiti wall extraction
78.74 x 70.8 inches (200 x 180 cm) -  Marc Straus Gallery
Podemos #2

2021
Acrylic, fiberglass and found graffiti wall extraction
78.74 x 70.8 inches (200 x 180 cm)

2021
Acrylic, fiberglass and found graffiti wall extraction
78.74 x 82.67 inches (200 x 210 cm) -  Marc Straus Gallery
Allianza por el progreso #1 (Alliance for Progress #1)

2021
Acrylic, fiberglass and found graffiti wall extraction
78.74 x 82.67 inches (200 x 210 cm)

verso view -  Marc Straus Gallery
Allianza por el progreso #1 (Alliance for Progress #1)

verso view

Allianza por el progreso #1 (Alliance for Progress #1)
2021 -  Marc Straus Gallery
Extraction Process

Allianza por el progreso #1 (Alliance for Progress #1)
2021

2021
Acrylic, fiberglass and found graffiti wall extraction
82.67 x 75.9 inches (210 x 193 cm) -  Marc Straus Gallery
Alianza Popular Revolucionaria Americana (American Popular Revolutionary Alliance)

2021
Acrylic, fiberglass and found graffiti wall extraction
82.67 x 75.9 inches (210 x 193 cm)

2021
Acrylic, fiberglass and found graffiti wall extraction
92.5 x 98.5 inches (235 x 250 cm) -  Marc Straus Gallery
Podemos #1 (We Can #1)

2021
Acrylic, fiberglass and found graffiti wall extraction
92.5 x 98.5 inches (235 x 250 cm)

2021
Acrylic, fiberglass and found graffiti wall extraction
108.3 x 133.9 inches (275 x 340 cm) -  Marc Straus Gallery
Podemos #2 (We Can #2)

2021
Acrylic, fiberglass and found graffiti wall extraction
108.3 x 133.9 inches (275 x 340 cm)

2021 -  Marc Straus Gallery
Extraction Process Podemos #2 (We Can #2)

2021

2021
Acrylic, fiberglass and found graffiti wall extraction
82.6 x 50 inches (210 x 128 cm) -  Marc Straus Gallery
Ladrón (Thief)

2021
Acrylic, fiberglass and found graffiti wall extraction
82.6 x 50 inches (210 x 128 cm)

verso view -  Marc Straus Gallery
Ladrón (Thief)

verso view

2021 -  Marc Straus Gallery
Extraction Process (Ladrón)

2021

2021
Acrylic, fiberglass and found graffiti wall extraction
66.9 x 59 inches (170 x 150 cm) -  Marc Straus Gallery
Union por el Peru (Union for Peru)

2021
Acrylic, fiberglass and found graffiti wall extraction
66.9 x 59 inches (170 x 150 cm)

2021
Acrylic, fiberglass and found graffiti wall extraction
47.2 x 67.7 inches (120 x 172 cm) -  Marc Straus Gallery
enovacion Popular (Popular Renovation)

2021
Acrylic, fiberglass and found graffiti wall extraction
47.2 x 67.7 inches (120 x 172 cm)

2021
Acrylic, fiberglass and found graffiti wall extraction
55 x 82.6 inches (140 x 210 cm) -  Marc Straus Gallery
Accion Popular (Popular Action)

2021
Acrylic, fiberglass and found graffiti wall extraction
55 x 82.6 inches (140 x 210 cm)

2021
Acrylic, fiberglass and found graffiti wall extraction
50 x 55 inches (128 x 140 cm) -  Marc Straus Gallery
Alianza por el progreso #2 (Alliance for Progress #2)

2021
Acrylic, fiberglass and found graffiti wall extraction
50 x 55 inches (128 x 140 cm)

2021
Acrylic, fiberglass and found graffiti wall extraction
74 x 57 (188 x 145 cm) -  Marc Straus Gallery
Victoria Nacional (National Victory)

2021
Acrylic, fiberglass and found graffiti wall extraction
74 x 57 (188 x 145 cm)

2018
Neon light
171 7/10 × 66 9/10 in (436 × 170 cm) -  Marc Straus Gallery
Join or Die

2018
Neon light
171 7/10 × 66 9/10 in (436 × 170 cm)

2013 -  Marc Straus Gallery
Ruins in Reverse

2013

2018
Dimensions variable.
Motors, LEDs, microcontroller, and radio module.  -  Marc Straus Gallery
American Echo Chamber

2018
Dimensions variable.
Motors, LEDs, microcontroller, and radio module.

2011
Glass and spray paint
Dimensions variable -  Marc Straus Gallery
Ejercicio Superficial #12

2011
Glass and spray paint
Dimensions variable

Exhibitions
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