Enrique Martínez Celaya

Cuba, 1964


Enrique Martínez Celaya was born in Palos, Cuba in 1964. Enrique Martínez Celaya moved with his family to Spain when he was 8 years old. Years later, his family moved to Puerto Rico, where he was apprenticed to an academic painter. Martínez Celaya came to the United States in 1982 as a physics student. He began his art training as an apprentice to an academic painter after studying Applied Physics at Cornell University and pursuing a Ph.D. in Quantum Electronics at the University of California, Berkeley. He continued studying to receive a Master of Fine Arts from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1994. He received a fellowship to attend the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine. Martínez Celaya’s studio and imprint in Miami, Whale & Star, functions as a contemplative and educational environment concerned with the role art has in life, spirit and community. He has exhibited at major institutions such as the Miami Art Museum, Florida, and his artwork is in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, among others. He has also exhibited widely in America and Europe.

Artworks by Enrique Martínez Celaya