Mauro C Martinez

Mauro C. Martinez, a 31 year old artist working in the border city of Laredo, Texas, is a painter of the cultural landscape. It's not always a cheerful narrative, but one which resonates with metaphor, irony, grim humor and a multiplicity of painterly styles.

Viewers must confront certain painful aesthetic realities in the present visual account—where indifference and banality pair off and collide with the search for truth and meaning. Martinez sets familiar pictorial forms from art history against the monotonous daily brands of the present. His icons are inflatables, instructional signage in first aid manuals or airports, the blaze orange of construction warnings and his own version of deracinated male and female nudes, which manage to be both monumental yet eerily without context.

He paints an art of belatedness and misplaced meanings, as if some great, good thing has just-departed--and is not likely to return.