Melvin Martinez was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in 1976; and studied art at San Juan Arts School (Puerto Rico), where he received a BFA in 2005. This young and prolific artist, winner of 2005 Castellon Paint Prize (Spain) in his work (Wonderland/ El Pais de las Maravillas), has shown his works in many of the most prestigious museums of Spain and is part of many important collections of The United States, Europe and Latin America. Espai D’Art Contemporani, Duesseldorf Quadrinale, Yvon Lambert “Tribute at Cezanne” and Alconrn’s Art Center are some of the places where the work of Melvin, who lives and Works in San Juan, has been shown.
Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland
Museo de Bellas Artes, Castellón, Spain
Espai D’Art Contemporani, Castellón, Spain
Museum Collection Lambert, Avignon, France
Museum of Ponce, Puerto Rico
Museum of Contemporary Art, Puerto Rico
Valencia Arte Contemporáneo, Valencia, Spain
Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA
The Rubell Family Collection
2006 International Association of Art Critics Prize for Outstanding Representation of Puerto Rico
2005 Castellón County Council Painting Prize, Spain
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” Tema Celeste, February 2006.
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