Press release

Baldwin Gallery is pleased to present our seventh show of new work by acclaimed contemporary artist Enrique Martínez Celaya. Martínez Celaya creates paintings, sculpture, photography, poetry, and prose, that directly engage with the interior life, and delve into his background in literature, philosophy, science, and religion. His imagery is steeped in his refugee childhood, his background in physics, and a deeply personal dream-state visual iconography: using figures in emotive landscapes to address the universalities of the human experience with time, memory, identity, and displacement.

Enrique Martínez Celaya was born in Palos, Cuba in 1964 but was relocated with his family when he was eight years old to Spain. Martínez Celaya came to the United States in 1982 as a physics student and received a BS in applied physics from Cornell University and an MS in quantum electronics from the University of California, Berkeley. Before completing his doctorate however, he abandoned his physics studies to pursue painting. He earned his MFA from the University of California, Santa Barbara and was granted a fellowship at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine. His work is in the permanent collections of Contemporary Museum, Honolulu; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles; the Sheldon Museum of Art, Lincoln, Nebraska; Denver Art Museum; Miami Art Museum; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and the Museum der bildenden Künste, Leipzig, Germany, among many others.

The public is invited to meet the artist at the opening reception, 12 February from 6-8 pm. Images are available upon request. Please call 970.920.9797 for further information.