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Ender Martos’ artwork plays with color schemes with the intention to create a harmonious effect that engages the eye as much as it engages the mind. Martos says, “Light interacts with the translucent material, traveling through space and creating a sense of movement appearing to vibrate or even twist with each step”.

ARTIST STATEMENT

I use geometry, repetition, color and volume to create dynamic, visually striking work that shifts as viewers move around it. The effect relies on the meticulous layering of fluorescent colors and oscillating, rhythmic line-work that reveals as it occludes, changing the scene with every step viewers take. As reality changes in the viewer’s eye, perception itself becomes visible, revealing the fluid nature of reality. The pieces themselves don’t change; the viewer’s vantage point does.

            The spatial relationship between viewer and object draws from my transnational story. Migration is change and contrast, but it’s also connection and sameness. I draw from my experience in hyper-structured U.S. society and the rich, organic and vibrant fragility of Venezuela, my home country. My dual immersion inspired the contrast and connection that make optical illusion possible in my work. My work is deeply influenced by my upbringing in the Andes of Venezuela. The language of structure was revealed to me through the elegance of the temperamental mountain peaks I grew up; where each crease and is the precise expression of natural force. While my early artistic foundation stemmed from five years of technical drawing in Merida, Venezuela, my academic experiences at the University of Texas germinated the idea for relocating the lines of my structural drawings and rich colors into three-dimensional forms.     

            Interactivity is at the core of the work, but its construction is entirely analog. I use Plexiglas, monofilament, acrylics and aluminum, and meticulously engineer each piece. I arrange the translucent filament so light travels in, through and out, creating a sense of movement. Most of my artworks rely on precise rhythm, light, polychromatic lines, shapes and spaces. My most recent work explores the reflective surfaces as a means for connection between artist, artwork, and audience. By incorporating colored mirrored Plexiglas, I include the audience’s likeness in the work. My story becomes theirs as viewers experience the tension between their familiar image and the visual richness of the work as it changes.

            In this current work, I aim to test the boundaries of authorship, belonging, perspective and the self as narrative. Who does perspective belong to? How does our vantage point change what we experience? And, finally, what happens when our own identities are part of the equation?

CURRICULUM VITAE

EDUCATION       The University of Texas at Austin                             Bachelor of Fine Arts


EXHIBITIONS

2019 West Austin Studio Tour, Austin, TX. Digital Den: An Art and Technological Collective.

SHINY and NEW, Carneal Simmons Contemporary Art, Dallas, TX. May 2019 be a year of creativity, happiness and beauty!.

2018 EAST Austin Studio Tour, Austin, TX. Ender Martos’ Celebration with a transmedia event & group exhibition.

            High Plateau 1st Anniversary, Building 98, Marfa, TX. An artist platform and exhibition during Chinati Weekend.

West Austin Studio Tour, Austin, TX. Form in Color: a collaborative installation made up of a digital animator, experimental architect, and optical artist.

2017 Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series, SCOPE, Miami, FL. One of the largest global art fairs in the world.

            High Plateau Opening, Building 98, Marfa, TX. An art, object & design curated shop during Chinati Weekend.

            Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series, Art on 5th Gallery, Austin, TX. A national contest to discover the next prominent name in visual arts.

            Pop-up Exhibition/ Designer Showcase, East Side Collective, Austin, TX. A curated group exhibition of local artists.

2016     Planos Convergentes, Galería Ethra, Mexico City, A group show of four international artists.

        Three Older Artworks, Ballroom Building 98, Marfa, TX. Chinati Foundation 30-year Anniversary Weekend.

            Home Away from Home, Tiburon Transmedia, Austin, TX. A night of music, films, visual arts, good people & ideas.

            Fantasy & Reality, Georgetown Art Center, Georgetown, TX. An exhibition of utopian & dystopian.

            Changarrito Projects,  Mexic-Arte Museum, Austin, TX. Selection from collection 2015-2016.

            10-year Anniversary, Irreversible Projects, Chicago, IL. A group show of 20 international artists.

            Materials Matter, CamibaArt, Austin, TX. Texas Society of Sculptors open call exhibit.

             Art Boca Raton Art Fair, Irreversible Projects, Boca Raton, FL. Curated group show.

2015     Spectrum Art Fair, Irreversible Projects, Miami, FL. Curated group exhibition.

            Movember 2015, Monterrey, Mexico. Movimiento para generar consciencia y lograr un impacto    social positivo en nuestro entorno.

            EAST Austin Studio Tour, Austin, TX. City wide art tour of studios.

            Luz y Movimiento, CamibaArt, Austin, TX. Ender Martos solo exhibition.

            Almost Nothing, Northern-Southern, Austin, TX. An exhibition of ontological ambiguity.

            Big Ass Canvas, Austin, TX. A group show of local and international artists.

            Mexic-Arte Museum, Austin, TX. Changarrito with Ender Martos.             

            Five x Seven, The Contemporary, Austin, TX. An annual fundraiser and art sale.

2014     ausTEN, CamibaArt, Austin, TX. A group show of ten Austin artists.

            EAST Austin Studio Tour, Austin, TX. City wide art tour of studios.

            Five x Seven, The Contemporary, Austin, TX. An annual fundraiser and art sale.

            Celebrates Texas Art,  Assistance League, Houston, TX. Juried by Rock Hushka.

2013     Five x Seven, The Contemporary, Austin, TX. An annual fundraiser and art sale.

2012     EAST Austin Studio Tour, Austin, TX. City wide art tour of studios.

            Celebrates Texas Art,  Assistance League, Houston, TX. Juried by Robin Clark.

2010     Celebrates Texas Art, Assistance League, Houston, TX. Juried by John Zarobell.   

2008      Hunting Art Prize, The International oil services company Hunting PLC, Houston, TX. Invitational.

             Senior Art Exhibition, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX

2007      Hunting Art Prize, The International oil services company Hunting PLC, Houston, TX. Invitational.  

2006      Glee, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX

2004      28th Annual Art Exhibition, Julia C. Butridge Gallery, Austin, TX.


COMMISSIONED WORK

2019

Public Art Commission, Graceful Celebration of Diversity, human-scale free standing artwork, (16’ diameter x 6’) TEMPO Temporary Public Art Program, Austin, TX.

2018     

Private Art Commission, Graceful Melody of Calm Harmony, medium-scale wall artwork, (41.5 x 33   x 4.5 in.), monofilament & acrylics on Plexiglas, private residence, Newport Beach, CA.

Corporate Art Commission, Chromatic Passage of Light, large-scale permanent art installation, (30 x 8 x 9 ft.), monofilament, latex, aluminum and Plexiglas, Facebook Domain Corporate Offices, Austin, TX.

2016    

Nonprofit Art Commission, Untitled, large-scale wall artwork, (120 in. diameter), latex, monofilament on Plexiglas, People’s Community Clinic, Austin, TX.

Corporate Art Commission, Graceful Celestial Vernal Equinox II, large-scale permanent art installation, (32 x 23 x 4.5 ft.), monofilament, latex, wooden disks, undisclosed Transnational Corporation Offices, Austin, TX.

2013     

Corporate Art Commission, Color-Chromatic Infinity Lens II, large-scale wall artwork, (4 ft x 8 ft x 4.5 in.), monofilament, acrylics on Plexiglas, Metropolitan Gallery Fine Art Consulting, Austin, TX.


ART RESIDENCIES

2016     Artist Residency Exhibition: “Luz y Movimiento,” Building 98 former Fort D.A. Russell, Marfa, TX. Created (monofilament, enamel, and Plexiglas) sculpture.


PUBLICATIONS

“Check out Ender Martos’s Artwork.” Voyagehouston.com November 14 2018.

Widner, Cindy.” First look: East Side Micro-Lofts Love More.” Austin.curbed.com November 19 2018.

Brenner, Wayne Alan. “EAST 2018: Brenner’s Picks.” Austinchronicle.com  November 15 2018.

Macknight, Lauren. “Alumnus Ender Martos Exhibits Temporary, Site-Specific Installation in Pop-Up Exhibition/Designer Showcase.” Art.utexas.edu March 8 2017.

Van Ryzin, Jeanne Claire. “A Guide to the Ever-Expanding East Austin Studio Tour.” Austin360.com November 8 2016.

Brunno, Anne. “Austin Arts: Art(iculations).” Tribeza.com November 2 2016.

Halpern, Robert. “Renowned Austin Artist Ender Martos Begins Building 98 Residency.” Bigbendnow.com October 6 2016

Okoro, Dawn. “Ender Martos’ Immense Installations Optically Excite.” Twcnews.com September 3 2016.

Schwaiger, Seth Orion. “Luz y Movimiento: Ender Martos.” Austinchronicle.com November 6 2015.

Sanchez, Ramon. “Ender Martos Presenta Luz y Movimiento en Austin, Texas.” Buhola.com November 1 2015.

Gorence, Amanda. “E.A.S.T.: A Closer Look at 4 of This Year’s Top Studios.” Aetherart.com October 13 2012.

Breaux, Adrienne. “Navigating E.A.S.T.: What to See, Who to Know and Where to Go.” Austin.culturemap.com November 6 2012.


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2017 Artist INC, Austin, TX, Mentor/Facilitator

2014-current Armonia Spaces LLC, Austin, TX. CEO

2010-2011 El Gallo, Austin, TX. Production Designer


ACHIEVEMENTS

Recipient of the 2019 Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center Award of Excellence.

Regional finalist 2017 for Bombay Sapphire Artisans Series.

Finalist in 2007 and 2008 Hunting Art Prize invitational shows.