Arjan Martins

ARJAN MARTINS Rio de Janeiro, 1960.

Born in Rio de Janeiro in 1960, Arjan Martins began his artistic studies in the 1990s at the School of Visual Arts of Parque Lage where he developed the pictorial technique, through which he now addresses issues of the African diaspora and Afro-Atlantic migrations that occurred in the period colonial Brazilian. The work of Arjan Martins approaches the theme of the african diaspora and the afro-atlantic migrations that occurred during the time of the brazilian colonial period. At his works the artist elaborates cartographic paintings, in which the migratory routes takes the shape of big caravels, sextants and terrestrial globes, as if they we’re carrying all the weight of the deported slaves. The images of the imigrants and the african descendents are fundamental part of the repertoire of the artist, displaying them at everyday actions, since their arrival at the continent until the actual days. Arjan has been indicated as finalist to the PIPA Prize 2018, in september he will be part in the exhibition Recortes da Arte Brasileira at Art Berlin Fair and also this year, participated at the exhibition ‘Fratura’ of the Instituto Tomie Ohtake, with curated by Paulo Myiada; integrated the itinerant exhibition Ex-África, promoted by CCBB curated by Alfons Hug and has participated in the 11º Biennial of Mercosul. At 2017 the artist was contemplated with the prize of artistic residency at Africa, promoted by the Goethe Institut at the city of Lagos, in Nigeria. Also at 2017 he held the individual exhibition ‘O Estrangeiro’ (The Foreigner) at the Brasilea Foundation, in Basel, Switzerland. In 2016 he held the individual exhibition ‘Et Cetera’ at A Gentil Carioca art gallery. In 2014 he participated at the group exhibition ‘Do Valongo à Favela’, at MAR (Rio Museum of Art). Also in 2014 he held the individual exhibition ‘Américas’ at MAM Rio, curated by Paulo Sérgio Duarte. In 2009 participated at the group exhibition ‘Abre Alas’, at A Gentil Carioca. In 2006 he participated at the Dakar Biennial and in 2007 at the Haiti Sculpture. In 2005 he received the Projéteis de Arte Contemporânea Prize, by Funarte. Still in 2005 he participated on the group exhibition Arte Brasileira Hoje (Brazilian Art Today) as also in 2004, both held at MAM Rio (Museum of Modern Art of Rio de Janeiro). In 2002 he held his first individual exhibition ‘Desenhos’ (Drawings), at the Museu da República (Museum of the Republic) at Rio de Janeiro.


His works are amongst the collections of: Pinacoteca de São Paulo, PIPA Foundation, Itaú Cultural and Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM).