Craig Martinez

Artist Statement

These works are composed of wood, wire and other materials that have been used and considered
worthless. Cuts, scratches and scars are conceptual and literal evidence of being alive. The subject of each
sculpture is based on sheer desire. My work often has a Native American nuance, but not all pieces can be categorized as such. Conscious or unconsciously, my work tends toward eternal archetypes.
I am interested in the human as a spiritual being burdened with reflective thought. Art that focuses solely
on the intellect is of no interest to me. I find it impotent and prosaic.
My work is heavily influenced by historical, cultural, and spiritual issues yet these topics may not be clearly
evident in my art. Jungian psychology, William Blake poetry, Catholicism and a life long battle with depression are also part of my creative process. My world view is based on a fundamental belief in redemption.


BS, Graphic Design –
University of California at Davis

Craig Martinez – Apache Gaan Dancer


2019 Group show
Cosumnes River College Art Gallery
Sacramento, CA
2018 Solo Show
Sakata Garo Gallery,
Sacramento, CA
2012 – Kaneko Gallery,
American River College Sacramento
2012 – Temporary Contemporary Gallery,
Sacramento, CA
2012 Crocker Kingsley Show,
The Crocker Art Museum
Sacramento, CA
2012 – Temporary Contemporary Gallery,
Sacramento, CA
2010 – La Raza Galeria Posada,
Sacramento, CA
2010 – The Art Foundry,
Sacramento, CA
2010 – KVIE Public Television Art Auction,
Sacramento, CA
2009 – Bitch’n Space
Sacramento, CA
2006 – Julie Baker Fine Arts, Group Show,
Nevada City CA
Sacramento, CA
Sacramento, CA

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