This Mini Mona Lisa by Rick Martinez measures just2 x 2 inches, and the edges are finished for display.
Rick Martinez, affectionately known as Martinez, is a Resident Mixed Media Artist at ARTworks Vass who lives in Cameron, North Carolina. He works in acrylic, ink, and encaustic painting. He became a full time artist in 2016, after being medically retired from the Army unexpectedly in 2015.
He explains, “Art rekindled my passion for creating as a way of filling the void that retirement left. I'm an emotional painter and paint by how I feel. My color palette reflects my state of mind when I'm creating. If I'm happy my colors are bright. If I'm upset or stressed my colors become darker and super saturated. My brush strokes are indicative of my emotional energy. I like to believe that when I paint I transfer a part of myself into my work. I create art that says something, and nothing at all. I paint every day; I treat my art like a job; I put in the work to push myself to evolve creatively.”
Martinez's work is an an exploration of life and art using color to bring forth the raw emotion that is present in both. The over saturation of color is meant as a visual representation of the depths and passion that art and life bring. He captures moments of complete vulnerability, those moments when the soul is laid bare on the canvas; and when art and life are indistinguishable from one another.
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