Jose A. Martinez is a Connecticut based artist who was born in Puerto Rico. He works traditionally in Japanese Fantasy Art. Jose’s images are based on Biblical text. His supernatural type caricatures were created in response to his everyday life struggles and experiences with the stigmas surrounding Mental Health. “I am simply telling a story based on facts and experiences. A form of survival for the good that ultimately triumphs over the negative forces. My art reflects a sort of spiritual battle. It is a different approach in a sense but designed with purpose to attract and introduce the message.” shares Martinez. To achieve the images Jose aims for in his artwork, he uses all types of mediums including: alcohol marker's, waxed based color pencils, ink fine liners pens, opaque marker pens, Bristol Board and full color sketch book pieces.
Jose was introduced to art at a young age while reading and collecting comics and graphic novels. In the late 70’s and early 80’s he was introduced to Graffiti Art. Jose is greatly influenced by old classic comic book creators, Japanese art, old masters of the Renaissance era, and the story telling of creative writers, Will Eisner and Edgar Allen Poe.
Jose’s artwork has been shared in numerous exhibits such as: Mental Health Connecticut’s Mending Art exhibits throughout the state including Hartford ArtSpace Gallery, Hartford, CT., Mental Health Connecticut’s Art of Wellbeing at St. Joseph’s University, West Hartford, CT. and The Cabaret Theatre at Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, CT., #IBELIEVEINWATERBURY juried exhibit at Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury, CT. Waterbury City Hall, Waterbury, CT., Western Connecticut Mental Health Network’s “Creative Expressions of Art and Wellbeing” at Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury, CT., Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services “The Art of Recovery”, at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford, Ct., PersonaLand Online Global Art Village, and “VisABLE” at the Free Center in Middletown, CT. Jose’s artwork has also won the Keep the Promise, Winter Scene Card Contest on several occasions. Additionally, Jose’s artwork is regularly published in the MHC Statewide Mending Art Newsletter.
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