Now a resident of Peapack, Mr. Martinez was born in Guatemala and says that art was always a form of sanctuary and a source of unending discovery for him in conjunction with his love of languages and music. He came to the United States to study English in New York and there met his future wife. He majored in French at Vassar as an adult student after an offer of a scholarship at age 42. He studied painting and drawing there as well and then went to Yale Art School to deepen his understanding of painting. Later on, he studied at the Greenwich Art Society, Pratt Institute, Silvermine Art School, Art Students League, School of Visual Arts, and Parsons School of Design. His far-ranging interests include gardening (Master Gardener Helpline, Rutgers University); Bible study in Hebrew and Greek; music (guitar, piano, dance); Asian, French and Italian cuisine; and Japanese, German and Russian language and culture.
Mr. Martinez has worked for chief and senior executives at AT&T, IBM, Nynex, and GTE doing computer graphics, video/web design and programming for corporate management board presentations. He also works as a volunteer translator of French, Italian and Spanish scientific literature for the Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC.
This exhibition will be on view in the library’s Community Room during regular library hours unless a meeting is in progress. For further information, please call the library at 908-766-0118.