Enrique Martínez Celaya

I had the pleasure of interviewing Enrique Martínez Celaya last night, the artist whose exhibition The Mariner’s Meadow opened at Blain|Southern last night. He has had an unusually interesting history: born in Cuba, migrating to Madrid where he immersed himself in knowledge of the collection of the Prado, educated at high school in Puerto Rico, and then winning a scholarship to Cornell as a scientist. He still is willing to talk about his practice as an artist with an unusual sense of it as a calling, with references to Wittgenstein and Yeats more than popular culture. I admired the quality of seriousness and thoughtfulness in his discussion of paintings with wide symbolic resonance, hovering between realism and emblem:-

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