January 2015 | Gallery4Culture
Gustavo Martinez was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico and raised in California. He earned a BFA in Spatial Art with a minor in Mexican American studies from San Jose State University, San Jose, CA. He has been involved in the completion of public artworks for the city of San Jose. In 2007, Martinez spent six weeks exploring sacred archaeological sites in southern Mexico and Central America, where he also studied traditional indigenous pottery and pottery techniques at Escuela Valentine Lopez (San Juan de Oriente, Nicaragua). In 2011, Gustavo Martinez earned an MFA degree in the 3D4M program (ceramic / glass / sculpture) at the University of Washington, Seattle. He has worked as a studio assistant at Penland School of Craft and as audio visual coordinator at Pilchuck Glass School. Martinez was awarded the Pilchuck Glass School Minority Scholarship in 2014. He is adjunct art faculty at Green River Community College and a volunteer in the youth arts program at the Tacoma YMCA. Gustavo Martinez is teaching ceramics as a visiting artist at the University of Washington this summer session.