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Part Two in Enrique Martínez Celaya Interview Series. – Each part covers different areas of Enrique’s art and practice. Watch and Listen to Part One Here.

Watch video highlights of the Enrique Martínez Celaya interview at his studio in Los Angeles (with his painting The Riptide) and then listen to the podcast of the full interview below.

In the full Part Two Enrique Martínez Celaya Interview podcast, he talks about:
– why he chose painting as his artistic from of expression;
– how he approaches creating a work of art;
– how working with sculpture compares with painting;
– what he considers when naming his works;
– art telling one what to think vs making one think;
– the relationship between his writing and his visual art;
– male and female figures in his work;
– the part art plays in holistic knowledge;
– whether art can have a healing effect;
– and how an artist should judge the success of their work in their own eyes.

Full Audio Interview: Press play to stream, or download podcast by clicking icon at end of audio bar.

Enrique Martínez Celaya, artist

View of the studio, Studio Enrique Martínez Celaya, Culver City, CA. From left:
‘The Worker’s Creed (Freddie Mercury)’, 2016, Oil and wax on canvas, 100 x 78 in. ‘The Innocent’, 2015, Oil and wax on canvas, 92 x 118 in.

Ruth Copland recorded the Enrique Martínez Celaya Interview at his inspiring studio in Los Angeles, with multiple vast rooms both to paint in and display his work, as well as a small library, and a beautiful, lush garden featuring some of his sculptures. Enrique Martinez Celaya trained as an artist as well as a physicist, and early in his career invented several patented laser devices before abandoning physics for art. An award-winning artist, he works predominantly in painting, but also in sculpture, photography, poetry and prose. His art work has been widely exhibited internationally and is held in the public collections of international institutions around the world. Enrique is the author of papers in art, poetry, philosophy, and physics and several books including ‘Collected Writings and Interviews 1990-2010’, and ‘On Art and Mindfulness: Notes from the Anderson Ranch’. He has worked in collaboration with scientists, entrepreneurs, writers, musicians and architects, including the Canadian rock-band, Cowboy Junkies, the poet and Nobel-Prize-winning chemist, Roald Hoffmann, and the novelist Mary Rakow.

Enrique Martínez Celaya, artist

Installation photo of “A Wasted Journey, A Half-Finished Blaze”, 2014, Galleri Andersson/Sandström, Umeå, Sweden. Pictured: The Cascade, 2013, Bronze sculpture, five steel beds, fiberglass, and pine needles, Collection of the Moderna Museet, Stockholm.

Born in Cuba and raised in Spain and Puerto Rico, Enrique Martinez Celaya began his formal art training at the age of 12 when he became apprentice to a painter. He developed an enduring interest in writing and philosophy whilst in the turbulent cultural and political environment of 1970s Puerto Rico. In the USA, he gained degrees in physics and art from Cornell, UC Berkeley, UC Santa Barbara, and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. He is the first person to hold the position of Provost Professor of Humanities and Arts at the University of Southern California, is a Montgomery Fellow at Dartmouth College, and a Fellow of the Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities. Enrique Martinez Celaya is committed to the education and formation of artists, and sponsors programmes for children, provides scholarships for artists, and assists schools in developing their curriculum. To this end, in 1998, he founded Whale & Star Press, which publishes books on art, poetry, art practice, and critical theory. For more information visit Enrique Martinez Celaya

Watch and Listen to Part One Here.

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