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藝術家 / 西班牙加那利群島
What started as a teenager act of rebellion writing his name with spray cans on the streets of Tenerife, it became now a solid career in art for Left Martinez.
Adrian Martinez (1987) is the mind behind Left Martinez, an alias that combine his surname and a very personal characteristic of him, being left handed. He started painting graffiti in 2003 and later decided to start studying graphic design in Tenerife. Later in 2014 he finished his studies in Barcelona where he began to work in some of the most respected studios including Lo Siento Studio, Esiete, Luis Eslava and more.
After spending several years totally focused on graphic design he decided to leave that environment to seek a more artistic and personal point of view.
The work of Left Martinez is the result of the different stages and trends explored in 16 years of graffiti and an almost obsessive study on the technical and theoretical level of graphic design from the most orthodox point of view, seeking a balance between the sensory aspect of the first and the extreme rationality of the second.
本名Adrian Martinez，生於1987年，而藝名Left Martinez是自己姓氏和個人特徵“左撇子”的結合。2003年開始繪畫塗鴉，後來決定在Tenerife開始研究平面設計， 2014年在巴賽隆納完成大學學業之後，曾在當地幾間設計圈非常受尊敬的工作室工作，其中包括Lo Siento Studio、Esiete、Luis Eslava等。
R. Hello Adrian! How´s going? everything prepare for your show in Taipei?
L. Hey!! Everything good! Yes! Working a lot, there's no other way ;)
R. 哈囉! Andrian您好，這次到台北展出已經都準備好了嗎？
L. 嗨! 做了很多準備的工作，一切都進行得很順利;)
R. You started as graffiti artist painting in the streets right? how did all begun?
L. Yes, it was amazing. I'm from a little island in Spain so on the early 2000's there was no much graffiti or information, it was very spontaneous and innocent.
R. How would you define the work you are producing now?
L. I don’t really know hehe, I suppose that what i’m doing right now is what my background allow me to do. I don't like to think too much about it, I just focus on what makes me feel something (good or not), and try to generate the same into people who see my work.
R. The art world is going through a big change with the introduction of new technology, do you prefer to keep it classic with hand-painted pieces or prefer to make digital art?
L. I believe on ideas and feelings, I don't care too much if the piece was made by a machine or hand painted. The important thing is the result.
R. Is art graphic design? is graphic design art? where are the limits?
L. I have thought and debated a lot about this. In my opinion they are two totally different things. In short, graphic design has more to do with offices, businesses, companies, etc, and art with freedom and expression and generation of feelings.
R. 是藝術平面設計？ 還是平面設計藝術？ 界線在哪裡？
R. Are your inspirations purely graphics? or you also try to look at other fields as architecture, music etc
L. I've been studying and working on visual environments for almost 15 years so I can not deny that graphics are part of my inspiration, but I love to learn about the creative process of artist from different fields specially from artist of before the internet era.
R. If you could internship with a great artist live or death who will you choose?
L. Wow! There are too many! Mmmmm... Muller-Brockmann and John Coltrane for example hehe.
River Taipei is glad to announce that two of our favorite artist from Spain, Left Martinez and Laura Perdomo will be coming to Taipei this Summer for a special solo exhibition at 濕地 Venue!
River Taipei很高興告訴大家一個好消息，兩位來自西班牙的藝術家，Left Martinez and Laura Perdomo將於今年夏天在台北濕地Venue舉辦特別個展！
Friday 9th of August 2019
From 18:00 to 22:00
濕地 Venue 3rd Floor
No. 10號, Lane 107, Linsen North Road, Zhongshan District, Taipei
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16 July 2019
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