Welcome to the art of Eric Christo Martinez
View Christos passion and convictions as you journey through the conviction series and how he went from Prison walls to Museum walls.


NEWS

"Unlocking the Master" won 2nd in painting category at the 2014 Hispanic Arts Exhibit at the NM State Fair

"Pawns Exit" and the Conviction Series reach another milestone and recieve the Solo Exhibitors Award at the 5th annual Remote Response Exhibit on Social Justice. What this means is Eric not only recieved Best Of Show but will be the headlining artist in the 6th annual Remote Response with a Solo Exhibit taking place in September 2015.

"Chronicles de Burque" won Best of Painting category and BEST OF SHOW at Contemporary Hispanic Market 2013



UPCOMING SHOW

-Harwood Art Centers 4th annual Remote Response Exhibit. Group Show on Social Justice (Best of Show)

-Hispanic Arts Exhibit through Septber at the NM State Fair (2nd Place)

-Jimmy Santiago Bacas Film, "A Place to Stand" World Premiere James A. Little Theatre Sept.26th 7pm
The original sketches that were commissioned for the film to animate one of Jimmys Poems "Standing in Front of a Brute" will ve on exhibit alongside signature piece of the Conviction. Series. This is the 1st collaboration between Jimmy and Eric and bring an iconic collaboration by two NM artists with parallel stories that found their art in prison. Don't miss this iconic event that is being organized and hosted by a theatre production company in Santa Fe. For more Info about the premier and all the events surrounding http://www.twnm.org/?p=1539

Candy Land Artshow and Silent Auction Sept 2th 2014 4-8@Sister Bar

-12x12" @ the Harwood Art Center Nov 15th








Artist Statement
“Art is my life because life is art”. We are part of a composition beyond time and space. Art is a reflection of the human experience. My art is a raw, yet creative, interpretation of my experiences. My work is highly emotional and dramatic, much like my story unfolding before me. I document the journey in creative fashion employing a broad range of creative techniques. Creative concepts, symbolism and metaphors are a staple of my work that infuses into narrative and design elements. I draw inspiration from the old masters, monumental movements and art throughout history to the present and contemporary world around me; Such as my environment and music. I draw a lot of inspirations from hip hop, words emitting a story with rhyme, metaphor, and reason. Creation is a very spiritual experience for me. I approach the canvas like a puzzle, piecing together life’s mysteries and searching for clarity in its highest form. Along with my passion for art is the purpose for art, not just to decorate a collector’s wall but to serve a higher purpose and help viewers piece their puzzle together. I've come to realize it's not the actual works of art that are masterpieces. What constitutes a true masterpiece is that which the work of art evokes in a person and how the work affects it's viewers. I want the art of Christo to touch people and not only leave a lasting impression but an everlasting impression. I paint in parables that stimulate the senses and evoke contemplation, consciousness and conviction…..
“Technical art pleasing to the eye comes from the hand, genius art pleasing to the mind comes from the head, and emotional art pleasing to the senses comes from the heart. But when you dig deep to the source of creativity, life’s art pleasing to the creator comes from the soul”.
- Christo –


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Biography
Eric Christo Martinez was born March 13, 1979 and resides in his hometown, Albuquerque NM, a city rich in Hispanic culture and the arts. Growing up he was fascinated by the arts and tapping into his creative side but it wasn’t until his trip to prison that he discovered his passion for the arts and “tonali” as he calls it, a Nahuatl word meaning your destiny or calling in life and title of one of his paintings. A calling he believes has a purpose much bigger than him and “art for art’s sake”.
Eric’s story began much like that of many others. He got wrapped up in the drug culture and began exercising his entrepreneurial spirit, a trap that much of today’s youth fall into. He began selling drugs which caught up to him at age 22. He was sentenced to 120 months in federal prison for packing 2 firearms while conducting a cocaine deal. A hard pill to swallow for a kid with his whole life ahead of him, but he chose to make the best of it and his life. He began by just dabbling in art with the typical prison arts and crafts but it quickly developed into a passion. It wasn’t until he landed in segregation due to a prison riot for 6 months that he started studying drawing and spending every day in a 6 x 9 cell drawing and developing his craft. “It wasn’t until I went to the “hole” that I began studying and drawing fiercely at that little table.” He spent 6 months with two other inmates packed in a 6 by 9 cell like sardines before being transferred to Loreto, Pennsylvania where he met his soon to be mentor, Hendrick Gil, who had formal training as a painter. “Gil taught me about the fine arts. I was awe struck when I walked into the hobby shop and viewed his work for the first time.” Martinez is a self-taught artist in addition to mentoring with Gil for 10 months. “He gave me the key to open the next door in my path; the world of fine arts.”
“The Passion of Christo” was Christo’s first painting and self-portrait after Gil left the Pennsylvania penitentiary. This was a defining moment in his journey. This painting was Christo finding his voice and painting his convictions of transformation. "I chose to embrace and paint my environment and create a new perspective of such experiences" and thus the "Conviction Series" was born; a body of work that speaks volumes to people inside and out of the prison walls. Christo found his freedom through art and is dedicated to sharing this voice, inspiration and artwork with the community and those convicted in hopes of helping people find their freedom.


Featured Galleries & Collections

2013 Contemporary Hispanic Market

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2013 Contemporary Hispanic Market

Bernalillo Country Metropolitan Detention Center Inmate Art Show

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Bernalillo Country Metropolitan Detention Center Inmate Art Show


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The Conviction Series

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The Conviction Series

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Business Cards

Conviction Greeting Cards

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Conviction Greeting Cards

Biography Flyers

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Biography Flyers

Art Shows

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Tattoo Designs

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Guestbook for Eric Christo Art
4.Sharon(non-registered)
2.Aaron Lucero(non-registered)
Awesome portfolio!!!!
1.LaVerne Zubia, Director The R.I.S.E. Project NM(non-registered)
Your work is incredibly deep...just like life we all have experiences that trip us up, knock us down, bounds us, yet its how we escape the tortures of the soul and what we make of it that is vital to ones survival...everything happens for a reason and everyone has a purpose, that is why you are who you are...remember God allows us to right a wrong, turn something bad into something good, something negative into something positive...Our character is not defined by why we fell but upon what one does when one gets back up!...So we all stand as we R.I.S.E..... Welcome look forward to meeting you, LaVerne Zubia