Artist statement:

I paint in both oils and acrylics, depending on what effects, what subjects and what I feel
like painting with. Each medium has its own characteristics or properties that are
different, yet they allow us to express the same idea but with a different underlying
feeling. We compose with the basic elements of all painting; shape, color and line.
However, the feelings a medium evokes in the artist and the viewer are different from one
another. It’s like reading the same poem in two different languages. Both versions can
say more or less. My responsibility, as an artist, is simply to say more with whatever
medium I choose to work with. As for the finished artwork, I’ll leave that up to the viewer to interpret.

Brief biography:

Born in Denver, Colorado in 1947, Emanuel Martinez began his career as an artist at the
age of thirteen, when he painted his first mural. His art education includes workshops
with world renowned artists and sculptors including David A. Siquieros and Francisco
Zuniga. At the age of 20, Emanuel did a major work and two other pieces that are now in
the permanent collection of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American Art in Washington, D.C.

As a muralist, painter and sculptor he occupies an outstanding status among nationally
known artists. 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 300 newspaper/magazine articles and 37 published
books, including a book written on his art career entitled: “Emanuel Martinez: A Retrospective”.

                                       Book is available for sale: $15.00, soft cover $25.00, hard cover. Free shipping





Denver Polo Club Trophy awards, 13 bronze horses, Denver CO

 “ Flor de La Alma” 35 foot steel sculpture at 10th Navajo St. Denver Co
“Cesar Chavez” one and one half lifesize bronze bust at 41st Tennyson Denver, CO
“ Carl Bledsoe” one and one half life size bronze bust located in the CO state capital.
“Coach Joe Vigil” life size bronze, Adams State College Stadium, Alamosa CO
“Mr. Barney Ford” memorial, 3 bronze figures, Breckenridge, CO
“Moon Flower”, 26’ steel kinetic sculpture, Horizon Park, Aurora, CO
“Mestizaje”, 14′ steel / bronze for Regional Transportation District- Denver CO
William Scherer Sport Memorial, life size bronze – Naperville, IL
William & Jane Scherer memorial, 2 life size figures 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, 5 figure, 18′ high, bronze – Topeka, KS
“Celedonio Mondragon”, life size bronze – Antonito, CO
“Governor Roy Romer” life size bronze bust, State Capitol – Denver, CO
“Our Lady of Guadalupe”, 7’ bronze relief, Holy Name Catholic Church, Sheridan, CO
“Colorado Fallen Firefighters” Memorial, 12′ bronze relief – Lakewood, CO
“Richard T. Castro” life size bronze bust, State Capitol Bldg,   Denver, CO
“Joe P. Martinez Statue”, 10′ bronze, State Capitol Grounds – Denver, CO
“Bernie Valdez”, life size bronze bust, Valdez-Perry Library – Denver, CO
“Eugene Porter”, life size bronze bust, Glenarm Recreation Center – Denver, CO
Denver Fire Station #10, 2- Life size relief figures, matrix – Denver, CO
“Helen Jordon”, one and half life size, bronze bust, Morrison, CO


Kachina Restaurant, 7’ x 35’, Denver CO
Crecent Learning Academy, 12’ x 35’, New Orleans , Louisiana
Muscogee Youth Development Campus, 86’ x 28’, Midland, GA
Macon Youth Development Campus, 90’ x 15’, Macon, GA
Advent Home Learning Center, 30’ x 10’, Calhoun TN
Lookout Mountain Youth Services Center, 6 murals, 12’ x 30’, Golden, CO
Sumter Youth Development Campus, 90’ 30’, Sumter, GA
New Visions Youth Development Campus, 60’ x 22’, Nashville, TN
Woodland Hills Youth Development Campus, 114’ x 8’, Nashville, TN
Morehead Youth Development Campus, 3 murals, 8’ x’13’, 8’ x’ 13’, 8’ x’14’,Morehead,

  Madison Juvenile Correctional Facility, 3 murals, 7’ x’22’, 7’ x’29’’, 7’ x 21’, Madison, IN
Augusta Youth Development Campus, 14’ x 75’, Augusta, GA
Cyndi T. Krier Juvenile Correction Center, 28’ x 8’, San Antonio, TX
Logansport Juvenile Correctional Facility, 11’ x 46’, Logansport, IN
Fayette Regional Juvenile Detention Center, 2 murals, 10’ x’22, 10’ x 32’, Lexington, KY
Bexar County Juvenile Detention Facility, 16’ x 51’, San Antonio, TX
Evins Regional Detention Center, 2 murals, 10’ X 22’ Edingburg, TX
Bernalillo Youth Development Campus, 20’ x 25’, Bernalillo, NM (ABQ
El Paso Juvenile Justice Center, 2 murals, 10’ X 26’, 10’ X32’, El Paso, TX
Mountain View Youth Center, 16’x30’Denver CO
Peoria Juvenile Detention Center, 30’x40’, Peoria, ILL
Slate Canyon Youth Center,20’x65’, Provo UT.
Southwest Youth Center, 24’x44’, Cedar City,UT
Split Mountain Youth Center, 9’x30’, Vernal U
Denver Arts & Technology Academy. Denver, CO
Ridgeview Youth Services, 8’ x 40’, Watkins, CO
Community College of Denver, 14’ x 16’, Denver, CO
Carmody Middle School, 8’ x 12’, Lakewood, CO
Bear Creek High School, 16’ x 16’, Lakewood, CO
Central High School, 12’ x 16’, Pueblo, CO
Dalton Elementary school, 4’ x 24’ Aurora, CO
Eastridge Elementary Schools 4’ x 24’ – Aurora, CO


City of Fraser building, 20′ x 40′ Fraser, CO

Fraser Elementary School 10′ x 40′ Fraser CO

City of Albuquerque,7′ x 60′ Albuquerque, NM

Bernalillo Youth Development Campus, 8’ x 16’ in Albuquerque, NM
Community mural 7’ X 50’ at 2nd Broadway In Albuquerque NM
Juvenile facility   15’ x 60’ in Newport KY
Robert A. Hartman Probation Center, 118’ x 9’6”, Santa Cruz, CA
Confluence Park/Little Raven mural, 25’ x 500’, Denver, CO
Eastman Youth Development Campus, 10’ X 100’, Eastman, GA
Robert A. Hartman Probation Center, 40’ x 10’ 5”, Santa Cruz, CA
City of Morrison/ Lariat Loop, 12’ x 60’, Morrison, CO
Museo de las Americas, 20’ x 30’, Denver, CO
Auvillar Elementary School, 50’ x 20’,  Auvillar, France
Greenway Foundation, Central Platte Valley Mural 16’ x 300’, Denver, CO
Broadway Cultural Center, 8’ x 32’, Albuquerque, NM
The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 10’ x 200,’  Colorado Springs, CO
City of Delta, 10’ x 40’, Delta, CO
Lubbock Fine Arts Center 10’ x 42’, Lubbock, TX
Evangelical Church, 10’ x 20’, San Juan de La Maguana, Dominican Republic
La Alma Recreation Center, 20’ x 60’, Denver, CO
Curtis-Mestizo Swimming bathhouse, 10’ x 50’ Denver CO


Cherry Creek Arts Festival 1991, 1992, 1996 and 2005
Allied Artists of America 69th and 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

Sullivan Gallery at Regis  University, Denver CO


Emiliano Zapata Despues Zapata,, Museo Del Palacio De Bellas Artes, Mexico City D.F.

Hecho en Colorado, Colorado History Museum

“Our America: The Latino presence in American Art” Smithsonian American Art Museum
Traveling Exhibition:
The Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum, Florida International University, Miami
Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, California
Utah Museum Of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City
Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock
Delaware Museum Of Art. Wilmington
“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 R. 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 Traveling exhibit:
El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso, TX
Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando, FL
Terra Museum of Art, Chicago, IL
Art Museum at FL Int. 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 ( CARA) 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” Traveling exhibit:
The Mexican Museum – San Francisco, CA
Foothills Art Center – Golden, CO
University of California at North Ridge – Santa Cruz, CA


Colorado Latino Hall of Fame, inducted October 2018

Distinguish Patron Award 2010, Cherry Creek Arts Festival, Denver, CO
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


National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 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

Colorado History Museum


Board member of the Cherry Creek Arts Festival, Denver CO
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, CO
Apprenticeship with David A. Siqueiros, painter/muralist
Selected Sculpture and Painting Workshops: Francisco Zuniga, Stanley Bliefield,
David Laffel, Richard Schmid, Zenos Frudakis, Richard Miller and Cleo Hartwig


Wright Art Gallery, University of California, Los Angeles. “Chicano Art: Resistance and Affirmation,
1965-1985, (1991)
Text by Victor Sorell pp. 144,115,148,354

“Triumph Of Our Communities” Four decades of Mexican- American art. Bilingual Press, Tempe AZ(2005) image on page 118

“Contemporary Chicana and Chicano Art” Bilingual Press, Tempe, AZ, Volume II, pp.136-137, (2002)

Shifra M. Goldman, Tomas Ybarra Frausto. “Arte Chicano 1965-81 pp. 121,249,451,505
Chicano studies Library, University of CA, Berkeley (1985)

“Community Murals, the Peoples Art” by Alan Barnett. Text and photos pp. 26,69-70,308-309.

“Denver Confluence of the Arts”. Jeff Bradley, Jane Fudge. Published by Meridian International, Inc
(1995) pp. images and text 1&2.

“In The Spirit of Martin” The Living Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King. The companion publication to the
Smithsonian Institution major traveling exhibition. Published by Tinwood Books (2002)
Image pp. 116,117

“Raza Murals and Muralist” by Rupert Gracia (1974) Galeria de la Raza. Quotation by Emanuel
Martinez pp.1

“Arte Latino” Treasures from the Smithsonian, Jonathan Yorba, Watson Gvptill Publications (2001)
Text and image pp. 60-61

Malcolm Boyd, “My Fellow Americans” (1970) Published by Holt, Rinehart and Winston.
Text pp. 102-105

“Towards A People’s Art” The Contemporary Mural Movement by Eva Cockeroft and John Weber
(1977). E.P. Dutton & Co. Inc. pp. 224

“La Raza” The Mexican-Americans by Stan Steiner, Harper and Row (1969) pp. 224

“Chicano Manifesto”, Armando Rendon. The Macmillan Co. 1971 pp. 168

“Imagine” Vol. 3 1986, Chicano Art of the Southwest in the Eighties Shifra Goldman pp. 139-140

“Mexican-American/ American-Mexicans” Matt Meier and Feliciano Ribera, Hill and Wang, publishers
(1972) pp. 242

“The Coming of the Gringo” by Antonio Vigil, Vantage Press (1970) pp. 143-144

“Returning the Platte to the People”, by Joe Shoemaker. (1981) pp. 6,16

In“Here is My Kingdom”. Hispanic-American Literature and Art for Young People. Chales Sullivan (1994)
Harry Abrams Inc. pp.

“The Road to Aztlan”, art from a mythic homeland. Virginia Fields and Victor Zamudio-Taylor
Los Angeles County Museum of art. Pp. 363

“Chicano Art: Inside, Outside the Masters House”. Alicia Gasparde Alba ( ?) pp. 50, 54, 76, 185,
250 on 47

“Aztlan”, An Anthology of Mexican-American Literature. Edited by Luis Valdez & Stan Steiner
(1972) Random House. pp 349-353

“Culture y Cultura” Consequences of the U>S> Mexican War 1846-1848. Iris H. W. Engstrand, Richard Griswold del Castillo, Elena Poniatowska, Autry Museum of Western Heritage, Los Angeles, CA
(1998) pp 129”

“The National Museum of American Art” Smithsonian Institution, Bulfinch Press (1995) pp 259

“Latino Art & Culture” From the series America, Past and Present. National Museum of American Art
Smithsonian Institution (1996)

“Denver, Gateway to the Rockies” Robert Castellino (2001) Palace Press Int. pp 85,156

“The Murals of Colorado; Walls that Speak”, Mary Motian- Meadows and Georgia Garnsey.
Johnson Books (2012) pp. 126, 127, 131, 132, 133, 242, 252, 253, 254, 257

“Emanuel Martinez; A Retrospective” Edited by Teddy Dewalt. Emanuel Publishing (1995)