Pow Martinez is a recipient of the Ateneo Art Awards for his 1 Billion Years exhibition at West Gallery, Philippines. He exhibits internationally and has worked with different media, including sound. His recent group exhibitions include New York and Berlin editions of Bastards of Misrepresentation, Salvation on a Nest of Vipers in Melbourne, Australia, and Complete and Unabridged in Osage Gallery, Hong Kong. Martinez has also held a number of solo shows in major galleries in Manila, the most recent of which is psychodelic behavior in West Gallery.
Martinez’ paintings belie their grotesque subject matter with the inbelibly beautiful surfaces and a wide-ranging, daring use of color. Mutants, monsters, demons, deviants, and freaks lurch, sit, and appear to transform amidst weirdly lit landscapes or disintegrating urban scenarios, or emerge from a painterly graffito mess, but, as his more abstracted works insist, Martinez' ability to render intriguing relationships between forms and surfaces ensure his works are endlessly compelling—an experience akin to a beautiful nightmare.
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