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Carlos Martiel

About Carlos Martiel

b. 1989, Havana

Artist’s statement: "On my bare chest, I place all of my father’s decorations, awarded by the Cuban government."

Carlos Martiel Delgado Sainz is a Cuban artist specializing in performance. He graduated from the National Academy of Fine Arts “San Alejandro,” Havana in 2009. Between the years of 2008-2010, he studied in the Catedra de Arte Conducta, directed by the artist Tania Bruguera. Martiel’s works have been included in: Havana Biennial (2009), Pontevedra Biennal (2010), Liverpool Biennial ( 2010), Biennial “La Otra”, Bogota ( 2013), International Performance Art Biennale, Houston (2014). He has had solo exhibitions at the Contemporary Art Center “Wifredo Lam,” Havana (2012); Nitsch Museum, Naples (2013); Axeneo 7, Montreal (2013); Lux Gallery, Guatemala City (2013); and Steve Turner Contemporary, Los Angeles (2014). He has received several awards, including “CIFOS Grants & Commissions Program Award” in Miami, United States, 2014; “Arte Laguna” in Venice, Italy, 2013; “Close Up Award” in Vallarta, Mexico, 2012. His work has been exhibited in Estonian Museum of Art and Design in Tallinn, Estonia; Museum of Modern Art of Buenos Aires in Argentina; Bellevue Museum of Arts, Washington; The 8th floor in New York, among others.

From Cuban Art News (April 18, 2013):

“The body has a load, a memory, which projects from personal memories but is universal.” This statement seems to be the motto of Carlos Martiel, a performance artist who lately has been gaining wide international attention, especially after winning the 2013 Arte Laguna Prize for his 2010 work, Prodigal Son. Martiel engages in complex performances that develop almost as rituals, in which he often exposes his naked body to extremely painful states that resemble the sacrificial trail of some religious beliefs. Read more