Biography     Artist Statement Updated February, 2013


Selected Exhibitions

Oscar Luis Martinez Fine Art, Second Friday’s monthly exhibitions

August-November: Dreams and Mirrors, Latin American Artists, Aurora Public Art Commission’s Art Gallery, Aurora, IL
Oscar Luis Martinez Fine Art, Second Friday’s monthly exhibitions
September: Open Studio Exhibitions at the Chicago Art District.

October: CelebreARTE Zhou B Art Center, Chicago IL.
October: Symbols and Metaphors Art Gallery of Kishwaukee College Malta, IL.
September: Oscar Luis Martinez Fine Art, Chicago Group Show: Marcos Raya, Paul Sierra, Eladio Gonzalez, Martin Soto, Zulian Martinez, and Sergio Gomez (Pilsen east artists' open house)
September: University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana Vermette Gallery, Campbell Alumni Center
March: South Suburban College, Chicago
April: Illini Union Gallery, University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana
September: University of Wisconsin Parkside Kanosha, Wisconsin
September: Kankakee Community College Kankakee, Illinois
September: Lubeznik Center for the Arts Michigan City, Indiana
February: March: University of Wisconsin Parkside Kenosha, Wisconsin
March: Illini Union Gallery University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana
September –December: University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana Vermette Gallery, Campbell Alumni Center
September: South Suburban College, Chicago
August: August 28th- September 25th, 2008 Illinois Wesleyan School of Art May: 5 to June 8, 2008 University Club of Chicago.
October: Union League Club of Chicago, IL.
April: “Small Paintings”, Pastiche Gallery, Chicago, IL.
March: “Focus on Chicago: Photo and Digital Exhibition”
33 Collective Gallery, Chicago, IL.
January: “Journey” a solo exhibition at the Aurora Art Commission, Aurora IL.
October: Hewitt Associates, Exhibition and Presentation, IL.
November: “International Group Invitational: The Me in Team,” Bradley University Hauser Art Center, Peoria, Illinois.
November: “Temple of Worship.” La Casa Cultural Latina Gallery at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.
December: “Home a Celebration of the Spirit of the Giant of Roberto Clement.” Art Museum of Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico
October: "Haciendo Patria", Collage Fine Arts Gallery, Chicago "Remembrance", Oak Park Art League, Oak Park IL.
September: “Images from the Soul,” Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary’s Gallery, Evanston, IL.
September: Bank One Pilsen Branch, Chicago
June: Flat Iron Artist, ATC Gallery, Chicago.
September: The Loggia Gallery, Fourth and Second Presbyterian Church, "With Many Voices-A Celebration of Cultural Diversity,"
Chicago Frick Center Founder Gallery, "Mirrors, Michele Tuohey and Oscar Martinez" Elmhurst College, Elmhurst, Illinois
March: UCE Foyer Art Exhibits Gallery, Unitarian Church of Evanston, Illinois
June: Earth Works Gallery, Group exhibition, Chicago
September: "Mirrors" Husband and Wife exhibition at Miami Dade Community College North Campus’ Gallery in Miami, Florida
March: "Inner Journey", Group exhibition at the Northwestern University Settlement House Gallery, Chicago
January: "Addendum: More Chicago Artists", Northern Illinois University Art Museum Gallery in Chicago, curated by Peggy Doherty and Corey Postigione
October: "Visual Fusion", Field Museum, Chicago "Hot", R.H. Love Contemporary Art Gallery, Chicago
January: "Figures", Northern Illinois University Art Museum Gallery in Chicago
October: "Dias de los Muertos" Juried show at NWAC Art Gallery, Chicago
September: "Latino Artist in Chicago and the Calumet Region", Jury Show, Northern Indiana Arts Association William J. Bachman Gallery in Indiana "Dissolving the Figure", Boeger Fine Arts Gallery,
Triton College National City Bank group show, Indiana
April: "Valiente", Jury show Puerto Rican artists exhibition: Northern Illinois University Gallery in DeKalb, NWAC Gallery and South Shore Cultural Center Gallery in Chicago
January: "Figurative Work" David Adler Cultural Center, Libertyville Illinois
"Archeology of the Mind" Columbia College Arts Gallery, Chicago Brichell Business Center Group Show, Miami Florida
September: Des Plaines Museum, Des Plaines
August: College of Lake County, Community Arts Gallery, Grayslake May: ARC Gallery Midwest Regional Jury Exhibition, Beryl Wright, Juror, Associate Curator Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago
October: Triton Arts Gallery, "Triad of Harmonic Complexity" three person exhibit, River Grove
June: Gallery of The America's, Milwaukee Wisconsin
December: "1st Latin American Masters Exhibition of Miniatures" Gary Nader Fine Arts Gallery, Florida
October: Noyes Gallery, Evanston
September: Hucking Gallery, Columbia College, Chicago
July: "Sun/Expressions" Group Exhibit, Prospectus Gallery, Chicago
June: Evanston Arts Center Vicinity Jury Exhibition: Roy Shale, President of the Cranbrook Academy of Art, Juror-Cash Prize
June: Botello Gallery Collective Exhibition, Puerto Rico
Gary Nader Fine Arts Gallery Collective Exhibition
February: "Face to Face, Self Portrait by Chicago Artists", Greg Knight-curator, Chicago Cultural Center
January: "Fragments of the Soul" Solo Exhibition -Prospectus Gallery, Chicago
Miami Art Exposition, Gary Nader Fine Arts Gallery
April: Solo Exhibition at the President's Gallery, Chicago State University
October: "Void of Divine Silence "Solo Exhibition at Venzor Gallery Chicago
Group Exhibition at Jan Cicero Gallery, Chicago
State of Illinois Museum, Springfield Illinois
Cross Currents Gallery, Chicago State of Illinois Gallery: "Contemporary Puerto Rican Artists," Traveling Exhibition Venzor Gallery, Collective Exhibition Illini Union Gallery, "Versions of Reality" Solo Exhibition/ Champaign, Illinois
"Latino Expressions" Illinois Bell, Chicago Crane Gallery Solo Exhibition, Chicago Illinois Bell Gallery, Collective Exhibition Biannual Iberoamericana Jury Exhibition at Bellas Artes Mexico D.F.
Montgomery Ward Gallery, "Figurative Abstractions: Latin American Paintings", Chicago Prairie Avenue Gallery, Chicago Nicole Gallery, Chicago Artemisia Gallery, Chicago
Fantastic Color Exhibition, Chicago Harris Bank Gallery, Chicago Campanile Gallery, Chicago College of Lake County Gallery, Grayslake Illinois
Chicago International Art Exposition, Navy Pier Chicago National Museum of Mexico, Mexico D.F. Noyes Gallery, Evanston Illinois
Harris Bank Gallery, Chicago
Curatorial Work 2003-"Symbols, Myth and Metaphors," a process exhibition of Latin American Artists. Artists: Javier Chavira, Alberto Gonzalez, Sergio Gomez, Jorge Felix, Alfredo Martinez Galvan, Montserrat Alsina, Eladio Gonzalez, Raul Ortiz, Michele Tuohey, Paul Sierra, Santiago Vaca, Columbia College, A+D 11th Street Gallery. Chicago
2002-Mind Abstractions, A Latin American Art Exhibition, including the artwork by Mario Castillo, Javier Chavira, Maria Enriquez de Allen, Jorge Felix, Afredo Martinez, Eladio Gonzalez, Alberto Gonzalez, Raul Ortiz, Michele Tuohey and Paul Sierra, Bank One, Chicago
2001-Contemporary Puerto Rican in Chicago, including the works by Raul Ortiz, Sonia Baez, Jorge Felix, Martin Soto, Chicago.
2000- Images and Reflections, a Cuban Art Exhibition, including the works by Ricardo Diaz, Michele Tuohey, Paul Sierra, Baruj Salinas, Eladio Gonzalez, Humberto Calzada and Rafael Soriano, Chicago and in Springfield.
1994-Triton College Exhibition, including the woks by Mario Castillo and Michele Tuohey, Chicago
1987-Fantastic Color Exhibition, Including the works by Arnaldo Roche-Rabel, Paul Sierra, Eladio Gonzalez, and Nereida Feraz, Chicago.
1986-Harris Bank Hispanic Exhibition including the works of Alejandro Romero, Paul Sierra, Eladio Gonzales and Nerida Feraz, Chicago.
1986-Group 12 Exhibition, Fantastic Color Exhibition, including the art works of Paul Sierra, Eladio Gonzalez, Maria Martinez-Cana, Bibiana Suarez, Arnaldo Roche-Ravel, Marcos Raya, and Alejandro Romero, Chicago.
Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival Exhibition catalog/poster
7th Annual National Self Portrait Exhibition catalog/poster by Sergio Gomez, curator
The News Dispatch article “Isolation of Being” at the Lubeznik Center, Michigan
The News Dispatch On the Go article Michigan City, Michigan
The Daily Journal Local News article KCC Art Show, Kankakee IL
The Herald’s Country Market Newspaper, Article Metaphors and Symbolism Exhibition article/poster, Kankakee IL.
Chicago Suntimes Newspaper video interview
Included in a biographical books about Hispanic Americans for the Brown Reference Group in the U.K.
2005 Desde los Escondrijos de Satán: crónicas [entredichas] sobre el arte y la cultura en Puerto Rico by Egberto Almenas Ph.D. Published in San Juan, P.R., by ELF Creative Workshop, 2005
Daily Herald’s Reflejos Newspaper, front-page article by Laura Davis, Painting Puerto Rico Beacon News, Oscar Martinez “Journey” begins run in Aurora Reflections of Puerto Rico, Lara Jackson, and Pioneer Press
Puerto Rican Americans, Role Models by Nichol Bryan
Together but Separate by Clare Howard, Journal Star Newspaper, Peoria Catalog: Home, A Celebration of Roberto Clemente’s Spirit and Passion, Art Museum of Puerto Rico
2002 A New publication: A Guide to Chicago Murals by Mary Lacjritz Gray published by the University of Chicago Press
2000 Urban art Chicago, a guide to community murals by Olivia Guide and Jeff Huebner, Ivan R. Dee-publisher, January 2000 University of Chicago Press, "Chicago Murals: An Historical Guide," by Mary L. Gray, University of Chicago Press
1999 Arena Cultural/La Raza Newspaper, article by Marcia E. Gawecki, Front Page, November, 1999
1998 UICNews, His art puts nature in its place: new McCormick Place Addition, by Patricia Troumpoucis, front page, May 27, 1998 UIC Neighbors newspaper, Aspects of life renewal the true nature of art, by Patricia Troumpoucis, front page, October 9, 1998 Reader Newspaper, Rogue Gallery, by Jeff Huebner, front page, October 9, 1998
1997 El Dia de las Americas Newspaper, September, 1997 Dutton Publisher, "Toward a Peoples Art," by Eva Cockroft, John Weber and James Cockcroft Nelson Hall Publisher, "Diversity and Unity," cover painting
1996 Claridad, review by Egberto Almenas, "A Historical Perspective", Puerto Rico The New Art Examiner, review by Julee Pearson, Figures at Northern Illinois University Gallery
1995 Art Nexus, Ilana Vardy, critic, exhibition review Encuentros, Northern Illinois University Center for Latino and Latin American Studies Newsletter Cover article-Summer 1995 by Egberto Almenas-Rosa Context Art Journal article by Edward Madonado Latino Artist in Chicago and the Calumet Region Catalog essay Catalog essay by Edward Maldonado, "Valiente," Associate Curator for the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Chicago Chicago Press
"Dimensions of the Americas, Art and Social Change in Latin American and the United States" Shifra M. Goldman
Exito Newspaper, "Oscar Luis Martinez el cautivo de Maraguez," Saul Boscan Curiel
"Stairway to Oscar Luis Martinez", Catalog essay by E. Almenas-Rosa/Washington University
1994 La Raza Newspaper supplement of the Chicago Sun Times Newspaper, "Arqueologia de la Mente, un Arte" by Leticia Espinosa
1993 Pioneer Press Newspaper, "Magic Realism bewitches Lake County" review by Michael Bonesteel, Assistant Editor
1992 Illinois Quarterly, "Painting Windows for the Mind" by Carla Beecher Crain's Chicago Business, "Art: Editors Choice" The Columbia College Chronicle Chicago Artist' News, Cover
1991 Chicago Suntimes "Celebs" by Bob Herguth At Chicago, "Illusion Versus Reality, Truth," by Gwen Osborne Linea, University of Illinois at Champaign, "Versiones de la Realidad," by E.A. Chicago State University Newspaper, "Puerto Rico: Theme of Martinez's Work"
Hector Perez Production, "Divine Revelations," Video narrated by Ray Suarez
1989 Chicago Tribune, "Gallery Scene" by David McCracken Latin American Art Magazine, "Contemporary Puerto Rican Artists" by Mary Sherma "Contemporary Puerto Rican Artist," Catalog essay by Ilana Vardy/Curator and Susana Tudela-Leval
1988 Catalog, "Latino Expressions Exhibition", Illinois Bell, Chicago
Selected Lectures and Presentations
The Politics of Art: A Personal Journey at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana Class presentations and Lecture, 2003 University of Illinois at Chicago, 1987 and 1977 University of Illinois at Champaign, 1980, 1985, 1986, and 1989
Columbia College, 1993, 1994. And 1995 College of Lake County, 1994 Northwestern University's Settlement, 1997 Triton College, 1995
Chicago State University, 1991 Prospectus Gallery, 1992 Harris Bank, 1986 National Museum of Mexico, DF, 1986
2004-University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, creation of a mural
1996- McCormick Convention Complex Art Collection, Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority, Chicago: "Nature’s Symphony", 75"x 100"
1997- City of Chicago, Department of Health-painting
1980- Nuestro Directorio-painting 1978,79- Puerto Rican Parade Committee-poster
1975- Puerto Rican Parade Committee-poster 1976- Chicago Mural Group-mural
1978- "Social Problems" by Kenneth Henry PhD, book back and front cover-painting 1975- City of Chicago, Department of Planning-painting
1976- University of Illinois at Champaign-mural 1975- Humboldt Park YMCA-mural
1974- Festival Boricua-painting 1974- Chicago Mural Group-mural
1973- Chicago Mural Group-mural
Awards/ Recognition's
2003-University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana Alumni Contributions Award by the Latino Student Organization.
1997- McCormick Place Purchase Award: McCormick Convention Complex Art Collection, Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority, Chicago
1996-Pepsi Cola Community Leadership Award 1995-Department of Cultural Affairs Visual Arts Grant 1994-National Trust for Historic Preservation Scholarship recipient 1993-Who is Who in Hispanic America 1993-Illinois Arts Council Visual Arts Grant.
1992-Department of Cultural Affairs Visual Arts Grant
1992-Evanston Cultural Center Vicinity Award
1991-Department of Cultural Affairs Visual Arts Grant
1991-Chicago Jaycees Outstanding Citizen Award.
1991-Brightened Award for leadership and contributions to the City of Chicago.
1990-Who is Who in America 1989-Aspira Inc. of Illinois Leadership Award.
1988-Tribute to Oscar Martínez, Illinois Bell and Mayor Eugene Sawyer
1986-Leadership Greater Chicago Fellowship Award
1978 and 1979 Museum of Science and Industry Hispanic Art Exhibition-first place award
1973-University of Illinois MOM’s Day Award for Academic Achievement
1972-1975- University of Illinois Dean’s List for Academic Award and scholarship

1975-77 University of Illinois at the Medical Center, Chicago
Bachelor of Science in Medical Art and Communications. Five Year Curriculum. Trained to work in a variety of health sciences settings. Gained knowledge in translating and visually communicating information to other health care professionals, patients and the general public. Training included maxillofacial prosthetics, graphic design, illustration techniques, photography, 3-D model design and techniques, display and exhibit formats, surgical illustration, audio visual media development and business practices.

1972-75 University of Illinois at Champaign
Art and Science Curriculum. Pre-Medical Illustration curriculum in the areas of science and art including human physiology, anatomy, zoology, embryology, life drawing, graphic design, photography, sculpture, art, human anatomy, and art history.

1986-87 Leadership Greater Chicago

The goal of the program is to enhance the quality of leadership in the Chicago Metropolitan area. The program exposed participants to issues, communities, leaders, diverse perspectives and promoted a lifelong commitment of personal leadership to the future of the Chicago area.

1976-78 Curator Anatomy Museum University of Illinois at the Medical Center, College of Medicine. Assisted the director in specimen preparations, conservation and impressions for their use in exhibits, exhibit design, graphic design, illustrations, photography and displays of traveling exhibits and museum presentations.

1975 Director YMCA’s Humboldt Park Cultural Cente
r Created and directed the implementation of arts programming for young people that included music, silk screen, photography, design and drawing classes. Also managed the staff and arts instructors.

Selected Associations
President and Founder of the Latin American Museum of Art South Shore Cultural Center Advisory Board Advisory Board member of Arts Education in Illinois, appointed by Governor Edgar 3rd District Economic Development Group
President Emeritus of the Latino Institute, President
1989-92. Board Member
1979-95 Chicago Harold Washington Library's Art Collection Selection Committee Appointed by Governor James Thompson to the Illinois Arts Council: Chairman of Media Arts and member to the Legislation Committee Board Member Sculpture Chicago
Chicago Artist Coalition Advisory Board Member
Appointed by the Mayor of Chicago to the Department of Cultural Affairs Advisory Board, Executive Committee Assessor Iberoamericana Biennale of Bellas Artes, Mexico
State of Illinois Public Arts Advisory Committee
Juror: International Design/Build International Competition for the Chicago Public Library named the Harold Washington Library)
Advisory Committee: Cuba/USA Exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art President of the Latino Chicago Theater,
1988-90 Illinois Arts Alliance Board,
1986-90 City of Chicago Sister Cities Committee, Executive Committee
Committee of Honor, "Viciones del Pueblo: The Folk Art of Latin America" at the Field Museum of Chicago-Ford Motor Company
Board Member of United Way of Chicago, Allocations Committee & Appeals Committee Chicago Percentage for the Arts Committee
Additional Information 1990-97 Latin American Museum of Art Founder and President of a not for profit art museum. Our goal was to create a museum and cultural institution that is international in scope, while addressing the needs of the local, regional, and national communities.