Visual artist, Jamie Martinez immigrated to Florida at the age of twelve from his native Cali, Colombia. After attending Miami International University of Art and Design and receiving the prestigious Hispanic Designer’s Scholarship, he moved to New York to pursue his Bachelor’s degree at The Fashion Institute of Technology and to follow his dream in the visual arts.
Martinez loves to experiment with unique materials that give his creations texture and depth. Not one to follow others, his work clearly expresses his unique vision of life and art; particularly through a visual innovation he calls “Triangulism” in which he “cuts” (his own term) images into triangulate segments as a way to express their essential form.
He has an innate sense of style and design and a keen eye for composition as evinced in his outstanding photographic work, which he considers a side pursuit. An avid surfer, Martinez’s sense of physicality translates to his art via his subject matter which is, more often than not, figurative. He is founder and editor of the highly popular blog, Artefuse. His work been has exhibited in New York, Miami and also Canada. Jamie Martinez lives and works in New York City and is currently represented by Dino Eli Gallery in the Lower East Side.
My artwork is geometrically structured and often linear, depending on the inspiration and the series that I am working on. I have coined the term, “Triangulism” to express my belief that the triangle is the most important geometric form.
My process involves deconstructing each image into triangles exploring the true meaning, form and structure of my subject. Everything in life is part of a three point system: beginning, middle, and end. Triangulism connects the dots by using straight lines, therefore addressing the current digital age, where everything is directly connected to something else. I believe that geometric triangles hold immense power and energy. I have always been obsessed with how strong, bold, and light triangles are. That said I try to show that triangles have a softer side to them as well, and if applied correctly, they can be used to create any image.
My color pallets depend on the mood of the work and the inspiration behind it. I take great pride in and am extremely dedicated to my art and try to translate as much of my energy as possible into every creation.