Martin REYNA

ARTIST STATEMENT

I was born in Argentina in 1964. My exposure to art was very limited in those days, and I had to rely on my imagination to fuel my artistic drive. Sometimes it would be spurred by the world around me, such as a particularly memorable moment of staring at the shadows and reflections of light dancing on the roof. My father taught me how to draw trees. Little did I know, trees, and landscapes as a whole, would be the fulcrum of my later career as a professional artist. 

Growing up, the written word stimulated my ravenous creativity. Works of Latin American authors such as Julio Cortázar, Gabriel García Márquez and Mario Vargas Llosa, and later, foreign writers like Walt Whitman and Edgar Allan Poe, occupied my vacant hours – especially during my mandatory military service. 

It is therefore no surprise that my earliest works were often narrative and arguably political. Some of my first paintings were based on photos of Delacroix’s “Liberty Leading the People” as well as a piece about the Falklands war, but based on World War II photos. 

After the fall of the dictatorship and the Falklands (Malvinas) war, Buenos Aires was buzzing with a pent-up creativity that exploded into a vibrant, young underground art movement in which I was raring to participate. I sold my first painting not at a conventional gallery, but at a shabby shelter called “La Zona” that was the exciting new venue for live painting sessions, performances, and auctions. I joined the group “Los Ultimos Pintores” (The Last Painters), and later collaborated with other artists for the “D Line Project,” painting panels on the Callao subway station. 

As time went on, my paintings, and creative process became more ascetic and conceptual. In 1988, I created the “H series,” based on the letter which is mute and therefore absent in Spanish. I aimed to remedy that injustice by depicting in colors various items starting with the letter H, such as hotel, humo (smoke), and honor – rendering the inaudible visible. 

It is perhaps fitting that my evolution as an artist led to my present-day abstract style and process, which are at once completely different yet strikingly similar to those in my past. 

Like before, I’ve returned to landscapes, but instead of realistic trees, I paint the impression, the feeling, and the memory of trees. 

Like before, I collaborate – not with other artists, but with free-flowing and unpredictable ink and water which in many ways, gives agency back to nature as the original artist. 

Painting this way is both liberating and restrictive. On one hand, my chosen medium – watercolor on paper and cloth – flows and spreads on a path of its own choosing. It is not shackled by the rules and aesthetics of realist landscape painting. 

On the other hand, this medium is incredibly unforgiving. There is an immediacy and permanence in abstract watercolor. Once the paint meets the paper, there is no repentance.  

It is my role simply to serve as the visual conductor of water and colors. It is an exercise in faith. 

EXHIBITIONS

Solo Exhibitions

2019: L'intimité de la couleur, Galerie Younique, Paris 

2018:La bibliothèque. Library Henri Ey, Hospital Sainte-Anne, Paris 

2017 : En suspension, Teodora Gallery, Paris 

2016 : Shadows in the water,  Artemisa Gallery, New York, USA  

Del Paseo Gallery, Punta del Este, Uruguay    

2015:FuguesTeodora Gallery, Paris, France 

2014: Noir et blanc en couleur,  Argentinian Gallery,  Argentinian Embassy,  Paris 

2013: Perspectiva Asturiana, Maison de l'Amérique Latine, Paris 

2012: En el horizonte del color, Del Infinito Arte Gallery, Buenos  Aires, Argentina 

Del Infinito Arte Gallery, Bogotá, Colombia, 

A l'horizon de la couleur, MGE Gallery, Paris, France 

2010:Hogar Collection Gallery,  New York, USA 

 

Group Exhibitions 

 

2019 : Diálogos, PROA Foundation, Buenos Aires 

Secretos compartidos,  Borges Cultural Center, Buenos Aires 

Las quimeras del ColectivoArgentinian Foundation, Cité Universitaire, Paris 

Art on paper, Artemisa Gallery, New York, NYC 

ARTEBA, Del Infinito Gallery, Buenos Aires (Each year from 2004 to 2018)  

COLORAMA, Argentinian Gallery, Argentinian Embassy, Paris 

2018: L’artiste et son féticheArgentinian Gallery, Paris 

El colectivo desnudoArgentinian Foundation, Cité Universitaire Paris 

2017: YIA Art Fair, Galerie Teodora, Paris 

MIXETE,Teodora Gallery, Paris 

L’art & ses objets,Trames.  EpisodiqueGallery, Paris 

Buenos Aires photo,  Vasari Gallery, Buenos Aires 

2016: Artroom, Edition II, Collective Loft, Antidote Art & Design,  Dubai   

Mixété,  Teodora Gallery, Paris, France  

Art protects, EDF Foundation, Paris, France   

Abstractions plurielles, abstractions en question, Cultural Center of Charenton, France 

ARTBO ’16, Del Infinito Gallery. Bogotá, Colombia 

Diagonal Sur, Borges Cultural Center, Buenos Aires,  Argentina  


BODY OF WORK
  • Martin Reyna — Green and Blue Lines
  • from  4,000 €
  • Martin Reyna — Horizons
  • from  5,000 €
  • Martin Reyna — Ireland
  • from  2,200 €
  • Martin Reyna — Lines
  • from  3,800 €
  • Martin Reyna — Perspective
  • from  6,500 €
  • Martin Reyna — Perspective 2
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  • Martin Reyna — Red perspective
  • Martin Reyna — Twin Colour Portraits
  • Martin Reyna — Water lines

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