Throughout his career, Daniel Joseph Martinez has interrogated social, political, and cultural mores through artworks that have been described as nonlinear, asymmetrical, and multi-dimensional. His works are executed in a wide range of media, including text, sculpture, photography, painting, installation, robotics, performance, and public interventions. They delve into topics of empire, race, and sociopolitical boundaries in American society. Ongoing themes in the work are: contamination, history, nomadic power, cultural resistance, war, dis-sentience, mutation, post-human evolution, consciousness and systems of symbolic exchange.
Martinez was born and lives in Los Angeles. He has received three National Endowment for the Arts Individual Artists Fellowships, a J. Paul Getty Fellowship, an Alpert Award in the Arts Fellowship (2014), a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, and a United States Artists’ Fellowship (2008), among many other accolades. He represented the United states in the American Pavilion in the10th International Cairo Biennale (2006) and has participated in many other notable exhibitions, including the Whitney Biennial (1993, 2008); Venice Biennial (1993); Site Santa Fe Biennial (2011, 2014); 12th Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey (2011); Lima Biennial (2009); and Berlin Biennial. Martinez’s work can be found in numerous public collections in the United States, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, NY; MoMA, NY; MoCA, Los Angeles, CA; LACMA Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and others. Hatje Cantz published a monograph of Martinez’s work, A Life of Disobedience, in 2009; and The Report of My Death Is an Exaggeration; Memoirs: Of Becoming Narrenschiff was released by Roberts & Tilton in 2014. Martinez teaches theory, practice and mediation of contemporary art in the Graduate Studies Program and the New Genres Department, at the University of California, Irvine.