October 5, 2018 – January 6, 2019
Martinez, 39, came to the United States at age 20 with a ninth-grade education. Martinez said he wanted to immerse himself in his new country and so he started his education with English classes. He enrolled at Hollywood High and later in adult education courses to earn his GED. Martinez wasn’t sure what to study until he took an art history class at Los Angeles City College, stirring up memories of his younger days when he would sketch the faces of family members.
His passion eventually led him to CSULB, where he began researching the lives of field workers and transferring their plight onto cardboard. Since then he has had several exhibits and one of his paintings hangs in the National Immigration Law Center in Los Angeles and another at the L.A. Municipal Art Gallery.