Friday, December 3, 2010


From the first moment I saw the round figures of Martinez, I felt like invaded by happiness and though I felt like crying at the same time. They seem strong and though so delicate, their velvety skin is glowing, but from inside, deep withing their soul. They seem content in their stillness, and though why they torment me in such ways, like I feel something tragic is happening somewhere, deep inside them.

Ricardo Martínez de Hoyos (28 October 1918 – 11 January 2009) was a Mexican painter. From a very young age painted for an income to help his family, though he didn't have a formal training in fine arts (he studied law). He learned from books like Max Doerner's The materials of the artist. His first works were still life paintings, followed by non-narrative monumental figures related to Pre-Colombine sculpture. At the end of the 1960s decade Martínez created irreal atmospheres in his works by using light and shadow.


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