in partnership with Valli Art Gallery

An Evening with Artist Javier Martin -

The work of the dynamic Spanish artist is currently on exhibit at CORE:


Get to know our new Bold Notion artist Javier Martin better in this intimate program! This Spanish-born artist doesn't shy from a mixture of materials, methods and media.

About Javier Martin:
Javier Martin (Spain, 1985) is a multidisciplinary artist who bases his creative exploration on the careful observation of his surroundings, detecting semiotic relationships that might otherwise pass by unnoticed to an unperceptive viewer. With this approach, the artist constructs situations that invite reflection on impending matters in today’s world.

Raised in Spain, Martin began painting in oil colors at the tender age of seven, and had his first exhibition at the age of eight; however, he never allowed himself to be influenced by formal artistic training. Instead, he relied on his experiences, which allowed him to explore the possibilities of various materials and tools that he incorporates in his work today. Traveling, living, and working in countries – from Europe, South Korea, Hong Kong, to the United States – honed his observation skills, allowing him to learn from people and daily situations far removed from his background. During the Summer of 2012, Martin participated in his first exhibition in Asia M50 Art District. By 2014 he officially was represented by Matthew Liu Gallery in Shanghai.
In addition to his international exhibitions around the world, he shares his knowledge and personal experience regarding the realm of art culture through speaking engagements. In 2015 he conversed with a group of students during a Conference at Alboran College in Marbella, Spain, discussing the impact that art had on his life. 2017 opened with him presenting his performance piece ‘Lies and Light’ at the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, followed by a discussion about the importance of breaking down the lights that veer us away from the path of truth. Most recently, he was a panelist in New Ways of Seeing, presented by New World Forum at Liang Yi Museum, Hong Kong.

Martin has equally experimented in painting, collage, sculpture, performance art and video art. Through his work, he proposes relationships among forms, surfaces, textures, and scenarios in which objects used on a daily basis relate to each other in unexpected ways. This talented artist consistently demonstrates his capacity to masterfully manipulate and relate materials and situations to construct sharp visual metaphors. In the Fall of 2015, Martin presented “War, Consumption, and Other Human Hobbies” a solo exhibition at Valli Art Gallery in Miami. Showing several pieces from his Blindness Collection as well a collection of works whose messages addressed themes of consumption and strategies of power within the global economy.

For over a decade, Martin has been developing one of his most iconic collections, Blindness. The eyes, classically associated with the reflection of human emotions, are always concealed whether behind a vibrant stroke of paint or a glowing neon light. With painting and collage, he reproduces images of seemingly perfect models, symbols of a standard of beauty and lifestyle that most people long to enjoy. Inspired by the juxtaposition between the grit of city surroundings and the glossy ads that line them, Martin deconstructs this perceived perfection to create a contrast between technology, collage, and painting.

In the Spring of 2016, Martin presented his first performance piece ‘Lies and Light’ at his solo show during Art Basel Hong Kong week. This performance also represents the latest evolution of the artist’s Blindness concept. In this case, the artist manifests himself as the protagonist, literally shattering society’s barriers to convey the struggle against conformity, the fight for truth and freedom.

His works carry eloquent meaning and profound political messages, inducing viewers to reflect on their own behavior and social responsibility.

About Valli Art Gallery:
Valli Art Gallery was founded by Franco Valli, an Italian immigrant with a goal to promote an intellectual and historical understanding of Italian art in America. With decades of experience in the arts in Italy and, with a carefully curated roster, Franco is making his mark in the contemporary art world. Franco works closely with the gallery’s artists, which allows him to truly understand and communicate the meaning of the art.

Valli Art Gallery was established in 2015 in Miami’s Wynwood arts district. After excellent reception in Miami, Valli Art Gallery has expanded to New York City; in 2018 Valli Art Gallery opened within the new and highly anticipated Highline Nine Galleries development in Chelsea. Valli Art Gallery’s second location plants our unique collection of Italian art within the heart of the New York City Gallery scene.

Valli Art Gallery showcases works by Italy’s most significant postwar and contemporary masters, including Alberto Biasi, Mimmo Rotella, Paolo Scirpa, Agostino Bonalumi, Chiara Dynys, Cesare Berlingeri, and Giosetta Fioroni. At Valli Art Gallery, contemporary Italian masters are seen as crucial artistic and intellectual figures within the larger, global history of art.

True to the core principles that Franco Valli laid out when he started the gallery, Valli Art Gallery is dedicated to building a more complex and lasting understanding of Italian art and culture in the United States. Valli Art Gallery works closely with universities, Italian cultural institutions, and top curators to promote the larger mission of the gallery. We are honored to work with scholars like Robert C. Morgan and Marco Meneguzzo to produce exhibitions that contribute to the gallery’s goals. We plan to continue our efforts for many years to come in both Miami and New York.