about the artist

CL Martin is a figurative artist. She has studied art all her life and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. She is continually inspired by history, graphic & digital design and the performing arts. In 2007, she received an Artist Initiative Grant from the MN State Arts Board and the National Endowment for The Arts. She has exhibited internationally from London to Italy and her work resides in private collections in London, Ireland, Russia, Ukraine, Romania, Los Angeles and New York.


Solo show in Minneapolis, MN 2018

Art in Miami Art Basel 2020

A piece in a public art installation at Art Basel Miami 2020; curated by Save Art Space and muralist NM Salgar. “Propaganda”, mixed media on paper, 2020

I'm a queer female artist working primarily in Minneapolis. I'm a figurative artist using traditional media to experiment with visual situations involving an enigmatic character with its own unique identity and presence. I use numerous references from pop culture to historical events to invite viewers into examining their own preconceived, psychological projections of identity performance, cultural history and gender roles.