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“…my work is an introspective, therapeutic journey, where I seek to heal and reconcile the thoughts and memories of the historicity of my personal life…”

 

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Romulo Martinez is a Venezuelan artist residing in the city of Frisco, Texas, was born in Maracaibo, has a degree in Plastic Arts, Mention in Painting, from the University of Zulia and a Master’s in Artistic Production, Artistic Practice specialty, from the Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain.

His plastic work is characterized by the symbolic use of color and human representations accompanied by everyday objects and natural elements within contexts of a humanistic, social and introspective nature, with touches of everyday life, playfulness and the picturesque. His work is also distinguished by the application of various techniques and media such as drawing, painting, graphic arts, collage and assemblage to represent his visual proposals.

He is a mixed media plastic artist who develops his work between the two-dimensional and the three-dimensional, such as interventions and assemblies in the exhibition space through the use of fabrics, recycled objects and assemblage, always with painting present in any of its modalities.

In his professional career he has several academic awards and artistic recognitions, and 11 solo exhibitions in leading museums, cultural institutions and private galleries, including the most recent Looking for signs held at the Collin College Art Gallery in Plano in February 2022, an exhibition in which he approached from the different internal feelings in conflict or doubt a situation of opposite signs or alternatives when making a life decision. Situations represented in which we have all been and potentially will live again, within other contexts, product of the constant organicity of daily life.

His work is present in several private and museum collections, the most outstanding being the collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art of Zulia (MACZUL).

He has participated in more than 70 collective exhibitions, festivals and art salons, and his works have been exhibited in different cities of Venezuela individually or collectively, such as Maracaibo, Caracas, Valencia, Maracay, Barcelona, Trujillo and Ciudad Bolívar, and internationally in Bogotá-Colombia, Valencia-Spain, Aruba, City of Singapore-Singapore, Lima-Peru, and within the United States in Miami, Dallas, Frisco, Coppell, Denton, Plano and Fort Worth.

He served as Professor of Plastic Arts at the Department of Culture of the University of Zulia between the years 2012-2015, and since 2018 he lives in Frisco, Texas, where he continues to develop his work and new exhibition projects.



CV RESUME

SOLO EXHIBITIONS:

2022 – Looking for signs. The Art Gallery at Collin College. Plano, TX. February.

2020 – In Between. The Gallery 8680. Frisco, TX. July.

2017 – Volúmenes (Volumes). Crispeta Gallery. Bogotá. August.

2016 – Materia Presentada (Presented Material). La Pared Gallery. Bogotá. August.

2016 – Consumo Retornable (Returnable Consumption). Alejandro Otero Museum of Caracas. Room 4. Caracas. March-May.

2015 – Consumibles (Consumables). Museum of Contemporary Art of Zulia. Lateral Room. Maracaibo. May-July.

2015 – Restitución (Restitution). Aula Magna of the University Rafael Urdaneta URU. With catalog edition. Maracaibo. January-March.

2013 – Desde Afuera y Por Dentro (From Outside and Inside). Itinerant space of the Museum of Contemporary Art of Zulia. Kristoff Gallery. Maracaibo. January-February.

2012 – Percepción Compartida (Shared Perception). PDVSA La Estancia. Room 3. With catalog edition. Maracaibo. May-July.

2008 – 5 de Julio c on Av. Universidad (July 5th with Universidad Av.). Art Center of Maracaibo Lía Bermúdez. Alternative room. Maracaibo. September-October.

2005 – En María (In Maria). Tourist and Recreation Complex “Know your Bridge”. Room Francisco “Paco” Hung. Maracaibo. November 2005 through February 2006.

ARTISTIC AND ACADEMIC REWARDS:

  • Award for Best Mixed Media Art in the ARTRAGEOUS Jury Show organized by the Visual Art Guild of Frisco. Frisco Discovery Center. Frisco. 2021.
  • Honorable Mention in Fresh Start Juried Exhibition. Frisco Discovery Center. Frisco. 2021.
  • Honorable Mention in 100-Mile Show Regional Fine Art Exhibit. Coppell Arts Center. Coppell. 2021.
  • 2nd Place at the Winter Art Show by the City of Frisco. Frisco Discovery Center. Frisco. 2020.
  • Honorable Mention in Halcyon: a contemporary collective. Exhibition by Envision Arts at the Janette Kennedy Art Gallery. Dallas. 2019.
  • Best in Show. Conduit: a contemporary collective. Exhibition by Envision Arts at the Frisco Discovery Center. Frisco. 2019.
  • Merit Award in the 72nd Annual Membership Show of the Texas Visual Art Association. TVAA Art Gallery. Dallas. 2019.
  • Award for Best Mixed Media Art in the ARTRAGEOUS Jury Show organized by the Visual Art Guild of Frisco. Frisco Discovery Center. Frisco. 2019.
  • Artistic Residence House of Healing. Bogotá. 2016.
  • Honorific mention. I Regional Painting Exhibition commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Merchant Marine. General Rafael Urdaneta Museum. Maracaibo. 2008.
  • Honorific mention. Drawing Contest in situ “José Gregorio Hernández in Maracaibo”. Center of Fine Arts Ateneo of Maracaibo. Maracaibo. 2004.
  • Prize Dr. Humberto Fernández Morán. University of Zulia. Maracaibo. 2008.
  • Prize Simón Rodríguez. University of Zulia. Maracaibo. 2008.

COLLECTIVE EXHIBITIONS AND RELEVANT PARTICIPATIONS:

  • Art 214 Exhibition 2022. Moody Performance Hall & Oak Cliff Cultural Center. Dallas. 2022.
  • 27th Annual El Corazon Exhibition. Bath House Cultural Center. Dallas. 2022.
  • 2021 TAC Thank You Exhibit organized by the Texas Art Coalition. Fort Worth Community Art Center. Fort Worth. 2021.
  • NOW / Contemporary 2021 Exhibition organized by Artroom. Fort Worth Community Art Center. Fort Worth. 2021.
  • Artrageous Juried Show by VAGF. Frisco Discovery Center. Frisco. 2021.
  • Art 214 Exhibition 2021. South Dallas Cultural Center & Latino Cultural Center. Dallas. 2021.
  • Fresh Start Juried Exhibition. Frisco Discovery Center. Frisco. 2021.
  • 2021 TAC Small Works Show. Fort Worth Community Art Center. Fort Worth. 2021.
  • 100-Mile Show Regional Fine Art Exhibit. Coppell Arts Center. Coppell. 2021.
  • Figurative Art National Juried Exhibition. Dallas Metro Arts Contemporary. Plano. 2021.
  • Winter Art Show by the City of Frisco. Frisco Discovery Center. Frisco. 2020.
  • 1st Annual LGBTQIA + Virtual Exhibition. 500x Gallery. Dallas. 2020.
  • “Interchanging Lines, Constructing Homes” Exhibit. Artroom. Fort Worth. 2020.
  • For the love of Kettle / For the love of the Artists. Kettle Art Gallery. Dallas. 2020.
  • Halcyon: A Contemporary Collective. Janette Kennedy Art Gallery. Dallas. 2019.
  • Art of Freedom. The Lawley Art Gallery. Dallas. 2019.
  • Art in Blanc. Gallery 8680. Frisco. 2019.
  • Common Knowledge. Armadillo Art Gallery. Denton. 2019.
  • Conduit: A contemporary collective. Frisco Discovery Center. Frisco. 2019.
  • 72 Annual Membership Show of the Texas Visual Art Association. TVAA Art Gallery. Dallas. 2019.
  • Artrageous Juried Show by VAGF. Frisco Discovery Center. Frisco. 2019.
  • Aruba Art Fair 2018. Maracaibo Contemporary Exhibit. National Library of Aruba Saint Nicolaas. High room. Aruba. 2018.
  • QUORUM: A Human Extravaganza. Wynwood Warehouse Project. Miami. 2017 .
  • DC Art Gallery, Art Stage Singapore, Southeast Asia’s Flagship Art Fair. Singapore. 2016.
  • DC Art Gallery, Art Concept Bayfront Park Miami. Miami. 2016.
  • DC Art Gallery, Barcú International Art and Culture Fair. 3rd Edition. Bogotá. 2016.
  • Exhibition Route 6. Room 4. Art Center of Maracaibo Lía Bermúdez. Maracaibo. October 2015 through March 2016.
  • Salon Young October 2014. Jesús Soto Museum. Ciudad Bolivar. 2015.
  • IX CEVAZ Salon of Emerging Artists. Cevaz Gallery. Maracaibo. 2015.
  • Practical Vs. Theoretical. 2nd station. Room 2. Museum of Contemporary Art of Zulia. Maracaibo. 2013.
  • The fifth. Exhibition of Collective 2×1. Art Center of Maracaibo Lía Bermúdez. Maracaibo. 2012.
  • V International Festival of Independent Art INCUBARTE. With catalog edition. Http://www.incubarte.org. Valencia. 2012.
  • VIII Salon CEVAZ of Emerging Artists. Cevaz Gallery. Maracaibo. 2012.
  • VI National Young Artists Encounter with FIAAM. International Fair of Art and Antiques of Maracaibo. Art Center of Maracaibo Lía Bermúdez. Maracaibo. 2011.
  • Young Artists with the FIAAM, IV National Encounter. International Fair of Art and Antiques of Maracaibo. Art Center of Maracaibo Lía Bermúdez. Maracaibo. 2011.
  • National Salon of Young Artists of the Anzoátegui state. Art Gallery Pedro Báez. Barcelona. 2009.
  • ER 2X1. Exhibition of Collective 2×1. High Room of the Ateneo Center of Fine Arts of Maracaibo. Maracaibo. 2009.
  • Contemplarte. Collective exhibition. Art Center of Maracaibo Lía Bermúdez. Room 3 and 4. Maracaibo. 2009.
  • 4th Regional Salon of Young Artists. Museum of Contemporary Art of Zulia. Room 5. With catalog edition. Maracaibo. 2008.
  • 2nd International Earth Festival. Art Center of Maracaibo Lía Bermúdez. Maracaibo. 2008.
  • 64 Biennial “Salon Arturo Michelena”. Museum of La Estampa and El Grabado. Valencia. 2008.
  • I Regional Painting Exhibition commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Merchant Marine. General Rafael Urdaneta Museum. Obtaining Honorable Mention. Maracaibo. 2008.
  • 1st International Earth Festival. Art Center of Maracaibo Lía Bermúdez. Maracaibo. 2007.

EDUCATION:

2009-2010 Master in Artistic Production, specialty: Artistic Practice, Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV) Faculty of Fine Arts of San Carlos, Valencia, Spain.

2005-2008 Bachelor of Fine Arts, mention Painting. University of Zulia (LUZ) Experimental Faculty of Art (FEDA). School of Plastic Arts. Maracaibo, Venezuela.

WORK EXPERIENCE:

Professor of Plastic Arts of the Direction of Culture of the University of Zulia. Maracaibo. From January 2012 until September 2015.