Brooklyn-based artist, Eddie Martinez, has been exhibiting his alluring works on canvas or paper, as well as through sculpture and installations internationally for nearly a decade now. The intriguing creative made serious waves in the art world during Miami's annual Basel show in 2010, when Charles Saatchi himself, purchased the artist's 28ft wide painting, The Feast, solidifying his career with avid collectors. Martinez seemingly took a long hiatus afterward, popping up on the scene here and there with the occasional piece that suggested the painter was seemingly navigating towards abstracts, migrating slowly away from his more recognized silhouettes. His sporadic new works would be just as
appreciated--if not more--than his earlier pieces, and come 2014 he would penetrate the art world heavily once again with solo exhibitions back-to-back at Los Angeles' Kohn Gallery, and London's Timothy Taylor Gallery. Needless to say, critics weren't shy on praise.
Both Nomader and Island I exhibitions reveal powerful works from Martinez of large scale paintings and some sculpture, depicting a more serious, feverish artist undoubtedly in his prime. Perhaps those quiet years that preceded Martinez's 2014 solos were worth the buildup of anticipation within his watchful community, as the artist currently maintains a swelling waiting list of worldly collectors and exhibitors desperate to get their hands and eyes on anything he produces next.