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
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
As a queer artist working in traditional media like paper, graphite, and charcoal, I create mysterious androgynous characters who exude their own distinct identities and captivating presences. I draw profound inspiration from diverse cultural influences related to gender and power and how they are portrayed in art history, pop culture, performance, and design. By interpreting the cultural aesthetics, I want to portray the empowerment that comes from transcending societal norms.