Saturday, October 6, 2007
artist profile - MARS-1
Mars-1 explores the possibilities of other-worldly existence through his alien-like characters. The figures float passively through highly developed multilayered backgrounds that hover between landscapes and abstract paintings. He invites viewers to use their own imaginations to develop the storylines.
Mars-1 (aka Mario Martinez) is active in San Francisco’s contemporary art scene where he lives with his wife, fellow artist Mikas. He began his career at 13, doing graffiti, then moved on to airbrushing. He began to paint on canvas at the age of 20. Since then, his work has expanded to include sculpture, books, skateboard decks and designer toys.