AD 198 | Mauro C Martinez
“Documentation Through Art”

Mauro Martinez juxtaposes common pictorial forms from art history with the monotonous streams of online imagery that we, as an increasingly digital society, are so often subjected to. Skillfully utilising metaphor, irony and dark humour, Martinez’s paintings respond to the doctrines of internet culture, at once critiquing and mocking our relationship with contemporary imagery.

Show Notes:
  • 00:00 - Introduction
  • 04:09 - Humor and the Meme Paintings
  • 07:53 - The Process of Self-Acceptance
  • 10:46 - The Breakdown to a Breakthrough
  • 11:43 - The Privilege Behind Social Media in Reaction to George Floyd's Murder
  • 14:55 - Documentation Through Art
  • 20:48 - Not a Provocateur with “Sensitive Content Series”
  • 24:37 - Drug Addiction, Rehab, and Art Center
  • 27:35 - The Loss of Mauro’s Brother and Using Painting as Healing
  • 31:38 - Using Painting to Escape Drug Addiction
  • 36:33 - Dark Humor and Past Trauma
  • 39:14 - Next Stage of Career & Cancel Culture
  • 42:47 - The View of Disposability Within Our Society
  • 49:19 - Advice for Artists
  • 53:05 - Wrap Up

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Posted 4.19.2021


"I started this series as a means for exploration, an exploration of self, and an exploration of the perspectives of other artists.

This series is an unabridged documentation of conversations between artists. It’s a series dedicated to breaking down the barriers we tend to set up in our own minds. I want to inspire future creatives to have the courage to explore and experiment. This is about making dreams a reality and not about letting our dreams fall to the wayside.

My intention is to give my audience a sense of real human connection, something that feels rich and organic.

When I was thinking of a title I thought of the word “movement”.

In relation to the Renaissance period in art, my goal for this program is to signify a rebirth of consciousness towards the way we look at contemporary art."

- Yoshino