|KENNETH LUÍS MARTINEZ |
Artist And Writer
Ken Martinez was attending Saint Mary High School in Walsenburg when he received an academic scholarship to study art and sociology at Saint Michael's College in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Later, he furthered his education at Saint John's College, in Santa Fe, and at Adams State College, in Alamosa.
"My independent study in New Mexico and surrounding states did as much to develop my interest and proficiency in art as my formal education...contacts and work with artists outside of school, who had no formal education, (Indian and Mexican sculptors and silversmiths) taught me a great deal. In the classroom, I studied classic and contemporary art...ion the field, traditional Native American processes and practical procedures."
In 1975, Martinez was offered employment with The Spanish Peaks Mental Health Center as a counselor coordinator of The Free University Fine Arts Workshop. "I never intended to stay in Walsenburg until the opportunity at the mental health center came along. Fortunately, at that time, things were beginning to happen artistically in Huerfano County, Gardner, and La Veta.
By the following year, Martinez opened The Darkwood Studio Gallery at 518 Main Street, in Walsenburg. "It seems my fate was to stay and work in Huerfano County...things were coming together nicely, and I was close to my environmental inspiration and artist friends I admired."
Several large commissions made it possible to study art in Europe. "A commission from The Trinidad First National Bank gave me an opportunity to write about, and paint local subjects, landscapes, still-lifes, and portraits. I would like to do more writing." The city of Walsenburg was able to convince Safeway Stores to agree to a mural on their outside back wall, facing City Hall. "It's probably the only Safeway store in the country with an original mural on it."
"I couldn't wait to leave Huerfano County when I was growing up. After seeing most of the rest of the world, I couldn't wait to get back. The region was very supportive and receptive to my work, from Stories Of Early Huerfano County."
To date, his most popular and best known work has been as a jeweler and sculptor, although he has worked in virtually every fine arts medium. His works are sold and collected throughout The United States and abroad. He has participated in invitational shows in The Rocky Mountain Region, and has won numerous awards for his artwork throughout The Southwest.
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