The Life Party Of Melvin Martinez

Melvin Martinez was born and lives and works in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He received his BFA from the School of Fine Arts, San Juan in 2005. The same year, Martinez won the prestigious Castellon Painting Prize (Spain). His work has been exhibited in important institutions internationally, has been reviewed in significant publications, and is in major collections in the United States, Europe and Latin America. His work is included in Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Castilla y Leon (MUSAC); Museo de Bellas Artes, Castellon, Spain; Espai D’Art Contemporani, Castellon, Spain; Museum Collection Lambert, Avignon, France; MAP, Museum of Ponce, Puerto Rico; MAC, Museum of Contemporary Art, Puerto Rico; VAC, Valencia Arte Contemporáneo, Valencia, Spain; Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida, Gainesville; Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, California; The Rubell Family Collection, and the de la Cruz Collection, Miami, among others.

Think art and many artists will come to mind, Party is a universal activity to every human in the world then think  texture and you will find Melvin Martinez combining all these 3 elements. Art, Party, and Texture and you’ll get a Melvin Martinez painting.

The texture stimulates two different senses; sight and touch, this is a very powerful tool when you are a modern abstract painter. But who can entitle Melvin Martinez as a strict painter, since once you evaluate a big part of his primary art focuses is a variation of a painting/sculpture.


The bright color and thickly layered textures make these cupcake seem to pulse with life. A texture is seen in the repetitive shapes, the shiny silver wrapper, and the mix of colors. That is why Martinez has a raw talent to make texture an important element in his technique. I can surely bet that any spectator will be tempted to touch those awesome works of arts due to it colorful bold presence.

All Inclusive!
Mixed media on canvas and wood
74 x 60 inches


Looking just at the paintings themselves it is obvious that they are technically competent, they are well balanced in composition, colors, and light and even smile per spectators can be rated as a factor.

On the 21 November 2015, New York, Rockefeller Plaza Christie Auction a painting  called Roxy by Melvin Martinez went under the hammer selling for almost $11,000 dollars. It integrated acrylic, fabric, silk flowers, ribbon, feathers, glitter, and plaster on a
73 1/8 x 72½ in canvas,


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Mixed media on canvas and wood
9 x 12 inches


Art markets sometimes can be overwhelming, but I have always believed that once an artist reaches Sotheby’s or Christie’s auction house, it can be considered a premium artist. Melvin Martinez has a quality that art collector tend to love and that is the use of bold color mixed with texture with a slightly modern touch to the composition, this is the recipe for success. I think that investing in a small to medium size painting by MM could be a relatively risk-free investment to any art portfolio and a work that will surely get a lot of attention once hanging on your wall.

Thanks for reading!!!

Joey Medrano MD


Biography and photos were  obtained at:

Jose Campeche Las Hijas del Gobernador

On display at the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico



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The painting in the background are idealized bucolic European landscapes in which one still perceives certain elements typical of the Rococo, such as the gilt asymmetrical scrollwork on the rocaille frame. The bridge and the river may be elements that allude to the distance between the old world and the new. The bull, between the two girls may represent the god Zeus, who in the greek mythology assumed this form to seduce the beautiful young maiden Europa

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The pineapple and maraca are two elements native to the Caribbean culture that Campeche introduces into this painting in the European courtly style as a manifestation of the cultural syncretism that characterizes the colonies of the New Worlds.


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Both girls are dressed in the Empire style, which not only dominated women’s fashions but was reflected also in the architecture, interior decoration, and furniture of the early nineteenth century in France. This is a style that fits well with the austere spirit of neo-Classicism.


According to Rene Taylor, and based on the Languages of Flowers, by Margaret Pickston, the little spray of white and yellow jasmine flowers that the two sisters are holding is a symbol of affability and grace, while the roses may allude to love.


NOTE: All the information was provided at the MAPR, and is strictly property of the MAPR.

Thanks for reading!!!

Joey Medrano MD

Olga Albizu Paper Collage






Puerto Rican abstract expressionist painter Olga Albizu experiments here with the use of collage to create the suggestion of a figurative image—in this case, a portrait. Albizu’s “Untitled (Portrait of Adele),” though distinctly different in its medium and monochromatic character, bears an intriguingly strong resemblance to Albizu’s abstract paintings, colorful patchworks that make use of large, textured swaths of color to create eye-popping, animated geometric compositions. Here, torn strips of paper come together to form the distinct image of a woman’s face and hair, with the suggestion of her jawline and upper body below


Paper collage with pencil

25 x 19 in (63.5 x 48.26 cm)

Signed in pencil on lower left, recto.

Got $6,000 to $8,000 to spare?

Angel Otero 6 Figures at 34



A rising star in the contemporary art world, Angel Otero with 34 years of age and a 6 figures ($ 150,000) on a single piece gallery sale plus Kavi Gupta Gallery, Lehmann Maupin Gallery, Dozens of recorded sales at Christie’s Auction House and Sotheby’s Auction House behind his back. You can surely  conclude that he is becoming a premium artist with such a young age, with his popularity  steadily increasing over the last few years.

Is never and easy task to break the ice in the states as an artist, plus at the same time win a scholarship of $125,000 for your career, but once you start to study Angel Otero ‘s young career in comparison with his dear friend and artist Arnaldo Roche, you can start to understand that it took Roche almost 25 years into his career to achieve $200,000 at auction, mean while Otero with only 6 years into his career as an international artist was able to reach the $150,000 mark in 2015. This is a key point for any collector that starts thinking outside the box, and overviews what will happen in the next 10 years, from a standard investment point of view.



Let us be clear that an artist’s talent, quality, and originality is never measured by some past numbers at auction, especially in the case of Roche which can be considered a genius in his field, but nevertheless is a very important factor when evaluating any artist ranking since this is a well-known factor to measure the acceptance of any artist work in the primary and secondary markets.

Today the work of Angel Otero has reached higher prices than the legendary Olga Albizu strictly based on auction prices, while writes that his work has surpassed more than $100,000 dollars on a single oil painting bought by the Istanbul Modern museum in 2015 at an art basel.

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Angel Otero describes his  process-based approach to painting, like creating “oil skins”. Which  are made from paint poured onto plexiglass and peeled off in dry sheets. Then they are transferred to the artist canvas to create assemblage works composed of additional materials such as oil paint, gold leaf, resin, spray paint and silicone. The resulting works are simultaneously collage that present a dynamic, fresh approach to contemporary painting.


B. 1981
signed, titled and dated 2011 on the reverse
oil paint skins collage on canvas
160 by 183cm.; 63 by 72in. LOT SOLD. 27,500 GBP

Any reader that is interested in acquiring an investment piece should always analyze many factors but the end point of all art investment should be this: Love the piece, enjoy the piece, and always get a painting that truly steals your breath away. From an investment point analyze the following; With 34 years of age, museums around the world are willing to pay more than $100,000 dollars for a single painting, what do you think is going to happen to Otero’s prices in the next 5 years? Having said this there are many great Puerto Rican artist to invest like Francisco Rodon, Enoc Perez, Rafy Trelles, Angel Botello, Arnaldo Roche Rabell, Myrna Baez, Olga Albizu plus many more, the choice is yours. Walter Otero Gallery WOCA is one of the top 500 galleries in the world that can help you on your quest and Auction Houses like Christies or Sotheby’s are also very good alternatives to start your search. Thanks for Reading

Joey Medrano MD


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