Gabriel Martinez (American, b.1967) is an interdisciplinary artist working in many mediums, including paint, sculpture, and photography. He is most widely known for his work on the male body, including many self-portraits. He was born in Miami, FL, and graduated from the University of Florida in 1989 with a BFA in Photography. He received his MFA in Photography from Tyler School of Art in Pennsylvania in 1991. He also studied at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in New York in 2002.

Martinez received the Pew Fellowship for the Arts in 2001 and the Joan Mitchell Foundation Fellowship in 2002. Martinez has also received two Individual Artists Grants from the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts. He has been an artist-in-residence at the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia and the Rosenbach Museum and Library in Philadelphia. Martinez's work provides a unique view of the homosexual gaze on the body of a heterosexual male. The work often shows a mix of apprehension and tension with a hint of curiosity. He is not afraid to show a little skin, including his own.

Martinez's early work includes many pieces, such as photographs and Performance Art pieces, that use his own naked body. He is best known for Self Portraits by Heterosexual Men, which debuted in 1998. These pictures feature heterosexual males photographed at the point of manual climax. He revisited the project in 2007, and used a multi-exposure digital camera that allowed many pictures to be taken at the time of climax. This gave Martinez the opportunity to choose the most expressive shots. This included not only expressiveness of the act itself, but also the location and objects near the model. His work has been featured in many museums and galleries, both nationally and internationally, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Bernice Steinbaum Gallery in Miami, FL, Art Mur Gallery in Montreal, Canada, and Gallery Muu in Helsinki, Finland. Martinez currently resides in Philadelphia, where he is the coordinator of undergraduate photography at the University of Pennsylvania.

Timeline

1967
Born in Miami, Florida
1989
BFA, Photography, The University of Florida, Gainesville, FL.
1991
MFA, Photography, Tyler School of Art/Temple University, Elkins Park, PA.
1993
Dene M. Louchheim Faculty Fellowship, Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial.
1994
Friends of the Gallery Award, Works on Paper, Beaver College Art Gallery.
1995
Venture Fund Grant, The University of the Arts.
1997
Artist-in-Residence, The Fabric Workshop & Museum, Philadelphia.
1997
Individual Artist Fellowship, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (Photography).
2000
Artist-in-Residence, The Rosenbach Museum & Library, Philadelphia.
2000
S.O.S. Artist Grant, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.
2000
Individual Artist Fellowship, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (Interdisciplinary Arts).
2001
PEW Fellowship in the Arts, Works on Paper, Philadelphia.
2003
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME.
2003
Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant for Painters and Sculptors.
2003
Artists’ Residency, Atlantic Center for the Arts, Associate Artist (Master Artist: Gillian Wearing), New Smyrna Beach, FL.
2003
Artists’ Residency, Acadia Summer Arts Program, Acadia, ME.
2003
S.O.S. Artist Grant, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.
2004
Artists’ Residency, The MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, NH.
2004
S.O.S. Artist Grant, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.
2006
Director’s Prize, Arcadia Works on Paper.
2007
Artists’ Residency, Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, NY.
Lives and works in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Exhibitions

2009
“Hidden City,” a Festival Celebrating the Arts, Community & Heritage in Philadelphia, Philadelphia.
2009
“Republic Vivant,” Contemporary Landmarks Project, (Solo)
2009
Philadelphia Society for the Preservation of Landmarks, Philadelphia. (Solo)
2008
“Art of Uncertainty,” Museo de Arte Moderno, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
2008
“Sameness, Difference and Desire,” Pulse Play, Pulse Contemporary Art Fair, New York.
2007
“Out, Loud & Proud,” William Way Community Center, Philadelphia.
2007
“Ser Latino en el Siglo XXI,” Centro Estatal de las Artes, Mexicali, Baja California, México; and Castellón, Spain.
2007
“Self Portraits,” Samson Projects, Boston. (solo)
2007
“Current Mischief,” Sol Mednick Gallery, University of the Arts, Philadelphia. (solo)
2007
“GRAVITY,” Vox Populi, Philadelphia.
2007
“Continuum: Photography in Philadelphia,” West Gallery, Free Library of Philadelphia, Philadelphia.
2006
“Works on Paper,” (Juror- Cornelia Butler), Arcadia University Art Gallery, Glenside, PA.
2006
“The Studio Visit,” Exit Art, New York.
2006
“A Timely Response,” Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, Miami.
2005
“Bambi II,” Gallery Articule, Montreal, Canada.
2005
“HOMOMUSEUM,” Exit Art, New York.
2005
“Operation R.A.W.,” Icebox Project Space, Philadelphia.
2004
“Picante: Latino Influence on American Culture,” Athica, Athens Institute for Contemporary Art, Athens, GA.
2004
“Super Salon,” Samson Projects, Boston.
2004
“Benaddiction,” Goliath Visual Space, Brooklyn.
2004
“Parameters of Fear,” Muu Gallery, Helsinki, Finland; and Galerie Art Mûr, Montreal, Canada.
2004
“MuuMaanatai/Fear Fair II- videoteoksia,” Muu Gallery, Helsinki, Finland.
2004
“Hope and Glory: The Enduring Legacy of Oscar B. Cintas,” Cintas Foundation Fellowship Finalist Exhibition, Miami Art Central, Miami.
2003
“Bambi,” ICA Video Lounge, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia.
2003
“lil' buddy,” Project Room, Philadelphia.
2003
“Viewpoints,” Arthur Ross Gallery, Philadelphia.
2003
“1 Bank Street,” 5Spot, Philadelphia.
2003
“From This to That: Artist's Inspirations,” Nexus Foundation for Today's Art, Philadelphia.
2003
“Confidence & Faith,” Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia. (solo)
2001
“In Our Own Back Yard,” Lancaster Museum of Art, Lancaster, PA.
2000
“Bachelor (Anonymous),” Rosenbach Museum and Library, Philadelphia. (solo)
2000
“Achieving Failure: Gym Culture 2000,” Thread Waxing Space, New York; and Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH.
2000
“MAN-MADE: fabricating masculinity,“ catalog, Painted Bride Art Center, Philadelphia.
2000
“About Face,” Delaware Center for the Creative Arts, Willmington, DE.
2000
“Studio Visit: Philadelphia Artists at Work,” Art in City Hall, Philadelphia. (traveling exhibition)
2000
“Snapshot,” Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, MD.
1999
“Pennsylvania Artists From the Permanent Collection,” The Fabric Workshop & Museum, Philadelphia.
1998
“Twenty Philadelphia Artists: Celebrating Fleisher Challenge at Twenty,” Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia.
1998
“20 x 12: A Generation of Challenge Artists,” Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia.
1998
“Dominion over Gentility,” Nexus Foundation for Today's Art, Philadelphia. (solo)
1997
“Altered Egos,” Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Buffalo, NY.
1996
“The Strange Power of Cheap Sentiment (or à bientôt to irony),” White Columns, New York.
1995
“100% Body Surface,” Nexus Foundation for Today‘s Art, Philadelphia. (solo)
1995
“Maricas (Faggots: A Communiqué from North America),” Centro Cultural Ricardo Rojas, La Universidad de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
1994
“Objects & Souvenirs: Artist's Multiples” (Window on Broad), Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery, University of the Arts, Philadelphia.
1994
“The Amusement Room,” Challenge Exhibition, Dene M. Louchheim Galleries, Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia. (solo)
1993
“Vanity,” Book Trader Gallery, Philadelphia. (solo)
1993
“Snapshot: Philadelphia Photography,” Rider University Gallery, Lawrenceville, NJ.
1992
“A Celebration of the Demise of the NEA, Public Funding, and Art As We Know It,” ABC NoRio, New York.
1991
“Images from the Front: Photography Challenging AIDS,” National Museum of Lesbian and Gay History, The Center, New York.
1991
“GALA: Identities,” Levy Gallery, Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia.