EMILIO ADÁN MARTÍNEZ
// Born in 1954 in Cienfuegos, Cuba
// Lives and works in Miami, FL
Though Martínez was born in Cuba, his ethnic background also includes African, Asian, and Native American ancestry. These cultures serve as primary sources of inspiration. He strives to understand the core — the heart — of natural forms, and to communicate this through his artwork.
Emilio Adán Martínez was born in Cienfuegos, Cuba, in 1954. In 1961, he migrated to Miami, Florida, where he continues to live and work.
Martínez is a painter and sculptor. His earlier work, using paper, string, and pine branches, pertained to the concept of travel — through life, space, and dimension — and to the fleeting passage of time. Two examples of this work, Andan Volando (2009) and Ando Volando (2017-18), are installed at Miami International Airport, North and Central Terminals, Concourse D and Concourse E, respectively, in Miami, Florida.
More recently, Martínez has been constructing intricate pieces from reclaimed wood and metal. These pieces, when seen together as an installation, bring to mind a deconstructed, and sometimes self-destructive, future.
Martínez earned his BFA from Florida International University. His work can be found in public and private collections throughout the United States, Latin America, and Europe.
Piece in the Exhibit
EMILIO ADÁN MARTÍNEZ // El Roble Noble, 2018, oak, welded steel, and black sand, 10.25 x 17.5 x 19 inches. (courtesy of the artist)
… portrait of José Antonio Aponte, laurel, palm, compass, carpentry bench, child, column, old person, inkwell, paint pots, Indians, Havana, Morro Fortress, Providence Island [New Providence], boats, black batallion, Customs dock, Fuerte Castle …