An Unfinished Conversation: Collecting Enrique Martinez Celaya

Nov 17, 2009 - Jan 10, 2010
Boca Raton Museum of Art

Drawn from the private collection of filmmaker Martin Brest, this exhibition of 19 enigmatic works by Enrique Martínez Celaya revealed the artist's complex cross-disciplinary approach to art-making while it explored themes such as Memory, Witness, Voyage, Exile, Isolation, Loneliness, and Coming of Age as threaded throughout the artist's body of work. Dated between 2001 and 2007, the works by Martínez Celaya represent in many ways an unfinished conversation.

Born in Cuba in 1964, Martinez Celaya immigrated to Madrid as a child. He went on to earn his B.A. at Cornell in Ithaca, New York before going on to study Quantum Electronics at University of California at Berkeley. He returned to painting, earning his MFA at University of California at Santa Barbara in 1994. Martinez Celeya currently resides in Delray Beach, Florida and Los Angeles, California.


Enrique Martinez Celaya's "The Imitator" at the Boca Raton Museum of Art

ENRIQUE MARTINEZ CELAYA, The Imitator, 2007, watercolor on paper, 33 1/2 x 24 1/2 inches. Collection of Martin Brest