Narsiso Martinez needed a job so he went back to what he knew – picking fruit and vegetables in agricultural fields. He had worked in the fields as a youngster growing up in Oaxaca, Mexico and found solace among the colors of the apples, the richness of the hues in the crops. Although it was back-breaking work, Martinez relished the natural beauty that surrounded him during the summers.
One day he took a closer look at his surroundings. Martinez toiled alongside people whose faces painted a different picture, told a different story. They were stories he wanted to share through his emerging artwork.
Narsiso Martinez was born in Oaxaca, Mexico and currently lives in Long Beach, California. He attended Evans Community Adult School and completed high school in 2006 at the age of 29. He earned an Associate of Arts in 2009 from Los Angeles City College. In fall of 2012, he graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from California State University Long Beach. Currently, he is a Masters of Fine Arts candidate at the same institution. He is also the artist in residence at the Long Beach Museum of Art from August 21 - December 22, 2017.
His work has been exhibited at the CSULB University Art Museum, Art Space Purl art gallery in Daegu, South Korea, Angels Gate Cultural Center in San Pedro, California, Palos Verdes Art Center in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, Firehouse art gallery at the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge in Louisiana, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery in Los Angeles, California, Collective Arts Incubator gallery in Highland Park, California, Torrance Art Museum in Torrance, California, Cerritos College in Cerritos, California, and presently at Brainworks art gallery in Los Angeles, California, South Bay Contemporary in San Pedro, California, and at the National Immigration Law Center in Los Angeles, California.
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