Bio

Pow Martinez's (b. 1983; lives and works in Manila, Philippines) paintings belie their grotesque subject matter with the indelibly 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.

Martinez is a recipient of the Ateneo Art Awards for his exhibition 1 Billion Years at West Gallery, Philippines. He exhibits internationally and has worked with different media, including sound. His recent exhibitions include City Prince/sses (2019) at Palais de Tokyo in Paris; 50 Years in Hollywood (2019) at Pinto Art Museum in New York; WASAK! Reloaded (2016) in Arndt, Singapore; and WASAK! (2016) in Arndt, Berlin. Martinez has also held a number of solo shows in major galleries in Manila, the most recent of which is Sustainable Anxiety (2020) in SILVERLENS. Early in 2018, Martinez had his first solo exhibition in Indonesia. Titled Aesthetic Police, the exhibition is an outcome of his month- long residency program at OPQRStudio in Bandung.

Pow Martinez's (b. 1983; lives and works in Manila, Philippines) paintings belie their grotesque subject matter with the indelibly 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.

Martinez is a recipient of the Ateneo Art Awards for his exhibition 1 Billion Years at West Gallery, Philippines. He exhibits internationally and has worked with different media, including sound. His recent exhibitions include City Prince/sses (2019) at Palais de Tokyo in Paris; 50 Years in Hollywood (2019) at Pinto Art Museum in New York; WASAK! Reloaded (2016) in Arndt, Singapore; and WASAK! (2016) in Arndt, Berlin. Martinez has also held a number of solo shows in major galleries in Manila, the most recent of which is Sustainable Anxiety (2020) in SILVERLENS. Early in 2018, Martinez had his first solo exhibition in Indonesia. Titled Aesthetic Police, the exhibition is an outcome of his month- long residency program at OPQRStudio in Bandung.

Mambo A Go’ Go’
2022
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Affluenza
2021
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In Affluenza, the subject stands alone in a humorously exaggerated position amidst objects signifying wealth: an ancient vase, a tasteful still-life painting, a decorative rug, and a framed portrait of a white dog. The title can be interpreted as a play of words—affluent, influenza, and influencer—a tongue-in-cheek commentary on social media and its effect on society.
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Swim Team (Blue)
2012
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96h x 120w in • 243.84h x 304.80w cm
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family portrait
2009
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Analog Boy
2015
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Scene Queen
2014
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Instagram Star
2017
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relax, we came to party
2017
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84h x 96w in • 213.36h x 243.84w cm
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we come in peace
2017
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Explorers
2018
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across the border
2020
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60.50h x 60w in • 153.67h x 152.40w cm
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divine intervention
2020
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57.50h x 55w in • 146.05h x 139.70w cm
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Selected Exhibitions

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