Gabriel Martinez, a Cuban-American native of Miami, Florida, works largely with photography, performance and installation. Martinez's practice is primarily based in Philadelphia, PA, as well as Miami and New York.
Martinez was a Pew Fellowship in the Arts recipient in 2001 and was a Joan Mitchell Foundation Fellowship recipient in 2003. He has received two Individual Artists Grants from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. He has also participated in several national artist residencies and artist-in-residence programs including: The Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans; The Rosenbach Museum and Library, The Fabric Workshop and Museum, both in Philadelphia; Atlantic Center for the Arts, Florida; Arcadia Summer Arts Program, Maine; MacDowell Colony, New Hampshire; Fountainhead in Miami; and Yaddo, New York.
He has created performance-oriented events and installations for various venues including: in Philadelphia at the Institute of Contemporary Art, The Fabric Workshop & Museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Art Alliance and Nexus Foundation for Today's Art; in New York at White Columns, Franklin Furnace, Exit Art, Thread Waxing Space and the Scope Art Fair at Lincoln Center; and in Miami at Miami Art Central and Bernice Steinbaum Gallery. Martinez attended the Skowhegan School of Sculpture and Painting in 2003, and received his MFA from Tyler in 1991 and BFA from UF in 1998, both in photography.