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
I'm a queer figurative artist using traditional media like charcoal, graphite and acrylic to experiment with enigmatic characters with their own unique identity and presence. Drawing has been my coping mechanism since childhood and has become an integral part of my identity. Although I reject “femininity” as a patriarchal artifact along with the male gaze - art history, pop culture, gender performance, history and design influence my work.