1989 · Cuba
A performance artist of growing international acclaim, Carlos Martiel creates displays that tap into the purity of humanity and the ravages of the modern world upon it. Streamlining his works to mostly only his nude body and simple props, Martiel draws attention to his own presence while also encouraging viewers to contemplate the deeper messages of his work.
Revisiting aspects of colonial history while reflecting upon the ongoing plight faced by various races and cultures in the contemporary environment, Martiel positions his body as the surface upon which these incredibly intense narratives can play out. His performances are not loud, nor are they flashy, but they speak volumes regarding the power of the artist’s presence and commentary.
Born in Havana in 1989, Martiel attended the National Academy of Fine Arts San Alejandro and graduated in 2009. Coinciding with his final year of study there, Martiel attended the Cátedra Arte de Conducta under the mentorship of Tania Bruguera. He now splits his time between New York and Cuba. He has enjoyed the international showcase of his work, including his participation in the 57th Biennale in Venice, Italy; the Casablanca Biennale in Morocco; and the Havana Biennial in Cuba. His performances have been staged in major international museums as well, such as the Museum of Fine Arts Houston and the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam.