Born in 1985 in Marbella, Spain, Javier Martin began painting in oils from an early age and held his first exhibition at the age of eight. A self-taught artist ever since, his observational skills have been honed through his travels in Europe, South Korea, Hong Kong and the United States. Since 2007, has continued to engage with the theme of ‘blindness’, exploring the oftentimes elusive and vague ideas associated with beauty and value, and their recognition in contemporary society, through his own unique mode of expression. Martin’s works aim to question the truthfulness and accuracy of messages communicated by objects, services and commercial imagery commonly found in our everyday life. The process by which images on social media or in advertising—images which act as symbolic capital in contemporary society—exert an influence on our consciousness, lies at the root of Martin’s engagement with the theme of ‘blindness’. Recent exhibitions include Plan B, David Zwirner Gallery (New York, 2019); _Convergence, Galerie Art District (Paris, 2018); and LIES & LIGHT, MOCA Jacksonville (Jacksonville, 2017). In April 2019, Martin held his first solo museum exhibition, Blindness, at the Seoul Museum.
Text courtesy MAKI.
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