Carlos Martiel

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Award Martiel, Carlos (2014). Gold medal, glass, human skin. Photo: Oriol Torridas
Simiente (2014). Defibrillator Gallery, Chicago, EE.UU. Photo: Naveela Vega
Vanishing Point (2013). Nitsch Museum, Naples, Italy. Photo: Amedeo Benestante
Dead Island (2011). Provincial Center of Arts and Design, Havana, Cuba. Photo: Milton Raggi
Prodigal Son (2010). House Witch, Liverpool, UK. Photo: Alex Panda
Artist's Statement

Havana-born performance artist, Carlos Martiel, is known for his visceral political performances that offer critique on contemporary issues associated with his country of origin and abroad. His work addresses topics of injustice, repression, discrimination, censorship and immigration. Martiel uses his body as a site for discourse, reflecting on the relations of power and social context.


Carlos Martiel (born in Havana). He graduated from the National Academy of Fine Arts “San Alejandro,” Havana in 2009. Between the years of 2008-2010, he studied in the Catedra de Arte Conducta, directed by the artist Tania Bruguera. Martiel’s works have been included in: Havana Biennial (2009), Pontevedra Biennal (2010), Liverpool Biennial ( 2010), Biennial “La Otra”, Bogota ( 2013), International Performance Art Biennale, Houston (2014). He has had solo exhibitions at the Contemporary Art Center “Wifredo Lam,” Havana (2012); Nitsch Museum, Naples (2013); Axeneo 7, Montreal (2013); Lux Gallery, Guatemala City (2013); and Steve Turner Contemporary, Los Angeles (2014). He has received several awards, including “CIFOS Grants & Commissions Program Award” in Miami, United States, 2014; “Arte Laguna” in Venice, Italy, 2013; “Close Up Award” in Vallarta, Mexico, 2012.

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