What a name! America Martin. Really has a lot of weight to it. It’s the kind of name that a child might feel a large pressure to live up to. Clearly, this America has no problem with that, because, though young, she’s a made a name for herself in the art world with her bold, colorful, abstracted human form compositions.
Colombian-born and Los Angeles-based, her work evokes the sort of style of Mid-Century modernist painters like Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse and Paul Cézanne. She really sees and explores the human form as more of a landscape than a person.
Stacey Davies in OC Weekly had this to say: “In a world that rewards derivative creation, it’s rare to walk into a gallery and encounter work influenced enough by past masters and movements to indicate the artist actually knows something about her predecessors, but also stands so uniquely stamped with the artist’s personality that pinpointing from where she derived this influence is befuddling.” We agree. More on America’s website.
If you’re in Austin (or will be) catch her first solo exhibition in Texas at the Wally Workman Gallery May 5 – 26, 2012 (opening night Saturday, May 5, 2012 from 6pm to 8pm).