About the Artist:

Born in Denver, Colorado, Emanuel Martinez began his artistic pursuits as a means of escape from an oppressive childhood. As a forerunner of the contemporary mural movement that began in the late 60's, Emanuel worked in the civil rights movement with Cesar Chavez and other prominent leaders. Three of the art works he did in that era are now in the permanent collection of The Museum of American Art at the Smithsonian in Washington D.C.

The work of this prolific, highly versatile artist has won him numerous awards: including the Colorado Governors Award For Excellence in the Arts(1985), the Denver Mayors Award for Excellence in the Arts(1995) and the Denver Civil Rights award in 2001. Andrew Connors, a former curator at the National Museum of American Art states in a published book on Emanuel's work; "As an educator and community activist, Martinez has especially helped young people find ways to make their voices heard. We can all find parts of ourselves of our dreams in his artwork because he recreates the triumphs of the individual and at the same time affirms a collective identity in his murals, paintings, prints and sculptures. As an artist Emanuel acts locally with a significance that is national."


Since establishing a studio in 1968, Martinez has received international acclaim and prestigious awards for his design capabilities and high standards of workmanship. He enjoys personalizing compositions for clients and doing public works of art for site-specific environments. His work is lively, timeless, yet conveys a sense of serenity. He has been featured in over 250 newspaper/magazine articles, 30 published books; including a book of his art career entitled: “Emanuel Martinez: A Retrospective”.

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  • "Flor de La Alma", 30' high steel sculpture, Denver CO
  • Mr. Barney Ford” memorial, 3 bronze figures, Breckenridge, CO
  • “Moon Flower”, 26’ high steel kinetic sculpture, Horizon Park, Aurora, CO
  • “Mestizaje”, 14' high, steel / bronze  for Regional Transportation District- Denver, CO
  • William Scherer Sport Memorial, life size bronze - Naperville, IL
  • William & Jane Scherer memorial, life size bronze/steel, Naperville, IL
  • “Infinity”, Adams State College, 13' steel and bronze - Alamosa, CO
  • “Rosales / Pioneers of Chandler” memorial, 10' steel and bronze- Chandler, AZ
  • “Mayor Wellington E. Webb”, life size bronze relief - Denver, CO
  • “Mariachi Estrella” Memorial, 18' bronze - Topeka, KS
  • “Celedonio Mondragon”, bronze - Antonito, CO
  • “Governor Roy Romer” bronze bust, State Capitol - Denver, CO
  • “Our Lady of Guadalupe”, bronze relief, Holy Name Catholic Church-Sheridan, CO
  • “Colorado Fallen Firefighters” Memorial, 12’ bronze relief-Lakewood, CO
  • “Richard T. Castro, bronze bust, State Capitol Bldg.-Denver, CO
  • Joe P. Martinez Statue”, 10' high bronze, State Capitol Grounds - Denver, CO
  • “Bernie Valdez”, bronze bust, Valdez-Perry Library - Denver, CO
  • “Eugene Porter”, bronze bust, Glenarm Recreation Center - Denver, CO
  • Denver Fire Station #10, life size matrix relief - Denver, CO
  • “Helen Jordon”, matrix bust exterior memorial, Morrison, CO
  • "Coach Joe Vigil' Memorial, life size bronze, Alamosa, CO 
  • "Carl Beverly Bledsoe Memorial" one an one half life size bronze bust, Denver CO
  • " Pioneers of Peoria" 14' high bronze and steel sculpture in Peoria, AZ



  • Denver Arts &Technology Academy. Denver, CO
  • Ridgeview Youth Services, Watkins, CO
  • Community College of Denver - Denver, CO
  • Carmody Middle School- Lakewood, CO        
  • Bear Creek High School,-Lakewood, CO
  • Central High School,-Pueblo, CO
  • Dalton Elementary Schools– Aurora, CO
  • Eastridge Elementary School- Aurora, CO
  • Kunsmiller Academy Of Art, Denver, CO
  • West High School, Denver, CO
  • Cesar Chavez Academy, Denver, CO
  • Murals painted with the Emanuel Project, go to www.emanuelproject.org 
EXTERIOR MURALS ( not including the Emanuel Project murals )
  • City of Morrison/ Lariat Loop- Morrison, CO
  • Museo de las Americas - Denver, CO
  • Auvillar Elementary - Auvillar, France
  • Greenway Foundation, Central Platte Valley Mural - Denver, CO
  • Broadway Cultural Center - Albuquerque, NM
  • The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center - Colorado Springs, CO
  • City of Delta - Delta, CO
  • Lubbock Fine Arts Center- Lubbock, TX
  • Evangelical Church - San Juan de La Maguana, Dominican Republic
  • Denver Parks & Recreational Buildings: Las Alma, Curtis-Mestizo-Denver, CO 
  • Esperanza Community Center in Esperanza, Belize
  • Cherry Creek Arts Festival 1991, 1992, 1996 and 2005
  • Allied Artists of America 69th & 74th Annual Juried Exhibitions, New York, NY
  • The North American Sculpture Juried Exhibition - Golden, CO
  • Sculpture in the Park- Loveland, CO
  • Rocky Mountain National Watermedia Exhibition, Foothills Art Center-Golden,CO 
  • "Emanuel Martinez; A Retrospective "; Museo de las Americas - Denver, CO
  • Foothills Art Center - Golden, CO
  • Western Colorado Center for the Arts - Grand Junction, CO
  • Sangre De Cristo Art Center  - Pueblo, CO 
  • " Our America" The Latino Presence in American Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C.
  • "Beyond Blue" Celebrating 25 years of public art in Denver CO
  • "Art and Soul" Art students League of Denver, CO 
  • "Legacy Project" Exhibition, Museo de Las Americas, Denver CO
  • In the Spirit of Martin - Smithsonian Institute Traveling Exhibition
  • Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History-Detroit MI
  • The Bass Museum of Art-Miami Beach, FL
  • Frederick Weisman Art Museum-Minneapolis, MN
  • Brooklyn Museum of Art-Brooklyn, NY
  • Memphis Brooks Museum of Art- Memphis, TN
  • Montgomery Museum of Art-Montgomery, AL
  • Arte Latino, Treasures from the Smithsonian American Art Museum
  • El Paso Museum of Art-El Paso, TX
  • Orlando Museum of Art-Orlando, FL
  • Terra Museum of Art-Chicago, IL
  • Art Museum at Florida International University-Miami, FL
  • Palm Springs Desert Museum- Palm Springs, CA
  • Museum of Fine Arts-Santa Fe, NM
  • Oakland Museum of Art, Oakland, CA
  • Smithsonian Institution 150th Anniversary National Touring Exhibition, USA
  • "Glyphs, Gods, and Heroes"; Two Man Show; Foothills Art Center - Golden, CO
  • Artists of the Southwest; Tucson Museum of Art - Tucson, AZ
  • Sculpture Show, Stewart Fine Art Gallery-Taos, NM
  • Chicano Art Resistance and Affirmation Touring Exhibition, USA
  • Wright Art Gallery, University of California at Los Angeles - Los Angeles, CA
  • Denver Art Museum-Denver, CO
  • Albuquerque Art Museum-Albuquerque, NM
  • San Francisco Museum of Art-San Francisco, CA
  • Fresno Art Museum - Fresno, CA
  • Tucson Museum of Art - Tucson, AZ
  • National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution - Washington, D.C:
  • The Bronx Museum - New York, NY
  • San Antonio Museum of Art - San Antonio, TX
  • Conquest and Consequences, Museo de las Americas-Denver, CO
  • “Viva Latinos!”, Western Colorado Center for the Arts-Grand Junction, CO
  • Hispanic Impressions, LaRoche College - Pittsburgh, PA
  • Hispanic Art Show; Western Colorado Center for the Arts, Grand Junction, CO
  • Chicano Codices, Encountering Art of the Americas
  • The Mexican Museum-San Francisco, CA
  • Foothills Art Center - Golden, CO
  • University of California at North Ridge-Santa Cruz, CA


  • 2010 “Distinguished Patron” award from the Cherry Creek Arts Festival
  • 1995 Mayor's Award for Excellence in the Arts - Denver, CO
  • US West Fellowship Award - Chateau de La Napoule, La Napoule France
  • Silver Medal; Allied Artists of America Exhibition - New York, NY
  • Young Sculptor's Award; National Sculpture Society - New York, NY
  • 1985 Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts - Denver, CO
  • The Colorado Award, North American Sculpture Exhibition - Golden, CO 
  • Smithsonian American Art Museum  Washington, D.C.
  • Cherry Creek Arts Festival Poster Artist for 1991, Denver, CO
  • Department of Transportation - Washington D.C.
  • Museo de las Americas - Denver, CO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Denver, CO
  • Kaiser Permanente - Denver, CO
  • AT&T - Denver, CO
  • Qwest- Denver, CO
  • Children’s Hospital, Aurora, CO 
  • Board Member: Cherry Creek Arts Festival
  • President: Board of Directors of the Denver Arts &Technology Academy, Denver, CO
  • Instructor: Art Students League of Denver-1987 to 1999, Denver, CO
  • Board Member: The Colorado Council on the Arts, Denver, CO
  • Board Member: Artreach, Inc., Denver, CO
  • Board Member: Chicano Humanities and Arts Council, Denver, CO
  • Co-founder and Board member: Museo de Las Americas in Denver CO
  • Advisory Committee Member: The Denver School for the Arts, Denver CO
  • Metropolitan State College- Denver, CO
  • Juarez Lincoln University- Denver, Colorado
  • Apprentice to David A. Siqueiros, , Painter/Muralist. Selected Sculpture and Painting Workshops: Francisco Zuniga, Stanley Bliefield, Davis Laffel, Richard Schmid, Zenos Frudakis, Richard Miller, Cleo Hartwig 

[References are available upon request.]