Dylan Martinez
(American, b. 1985)

Our vision has the greatest effect on our understanding of the world. Through his artwork, Dylan Martinez creates scenarios in which the viewer must question their capacity to navigate between reality and illusion. His curiosity of perception is driven by the fact that Martinez is red-green colorblind. Having a deficit in his color vision is an alternative way of seeing. Inspired by Trompe L’oeil, Water Bag series is entirely hot sculpted glass, which appear as plastic bags of water. The trapped movement of the rising bubbles and the gesture of the forms convince the eye that the sculptures are just as they seem. What is fascinating is that our desires often override our true perception of reality and you believe what you think is visible as the truth.


2018 Enrico Bersellini Award, Milano Vetro -35, Milan, IT
2017 Stanislav Libenský Award, Prague, CZ
2017 Full Scholarship to Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA
2017 Full Scholarship to Pittsburgh Glass Center, Pittsburgh, PA
2017 Shortlisted Artist, Aesthetica Art Prize, York, UK
2017 Finalist, 2017 Niche Awards
2016 First Prize, Pittsburgh Glass Center’s Art on Fire, Pittsburgh, PA
2016 Honorable Mention, International Student Online Exhibition, Corning, NY
2016 First Prize, Glass Art Society International Student Exhibition, Corning, NY
2016 Marylin K. Glick Center for Glass Scholarship, Muncie, IN
2015 Ladd Minshall Scholarship, Muncie, IN
2015 Honorable Mention, Atrium Gallery, Muncie, IN
2014 Best in Show, Awarded by Yvonne Klocek, River Falls, WI
2010 Best in Glass, Duluth Art Fair, Duluth, MN
2010 2nd Prize, Arts West 31, Awarded by Alan William Nugent, Eau Claire, WI
2010 2nd Prize, Minnetonka Juried Exhibition, Minnetonka, MN
2009 Outstanding Student Award, River Falls, WI
2008 Jurors Award, Juried Student Exhibition, Awarded by Tamara Brantmeier, River Falls, WI

Selected Exhibitions

2019Summer Expo, Gallery Ton, Rucphen, Netherlands
2019Nature Morte, Tory Folliard Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
2019Milan Design Week 2019, Spinzi Design, Milan, Italy
2019Hsinchu Art Fair, Bluerider Art, Taipei, Taiwan
2019Fire and Water, Lyons Wier Gallery, New York, NY 2019
201947th Annual International Glass Invitational, Habatat Gallery, Detroit, MI
2019Affordable Art Fair Hong Kong, Bluerider Art (Taipei, TW) Hong Kong, China
2019Art New York, Winterowd Fine Art, New York, NY
2019Urban Show, Next Street Gallery, Paris, FR
2019Circulation, Blue Rider Art, Taipei, Taiwan
2019New Works, Method & Concept, Naples, FL (solo)
2019Art Palm Springs, Winterowd Fine Art, Palm Springs, CA
2018Scope Miami Beach 2018, Modus Gallery (Paris, FR) Miami, FL
2018Plunge, Meyer Vogl Gallery, Charleston, SC
2018Fake Views, Eutectic Gallery, Portland, OR
2018Winter 19/19 Group Show, Galerie Palü, Switzerland
2018Fictitious Matter, Black Book Gallery, Denver, CO
2018Sofa Chicago 2018, Lyons Weir Gallery, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL
2018Summer Session No.25, Lyons Weir Gallery, New York, NY
2018A Persistence of Vision, Echt Gallery, Chicago, IL (solo)
2018Competition -35, Castello Sforzesco, Milano, IT
2018101 Bowls, Osher Gallery, American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis, MN
2017Art Miami, The Art Miami Pavillion, Miami, FL
2017SOFA Chicago, Navy Pier’s Festival Hall, Chicago, IL
2017Stanislav Libenský Award, Prague, CZ
2017Aesthetica Art Prize, York, UK
2017A Journey to The Edge of Perception, Atrium Gallery, Muncie, IN
2017Materials: Hard and Soft, Denton, TX
2016Craft Forms 2016, Wayne, PA
2016Gathering: Contemporary Glass from The Heartland, Muncie, IN
2016Glass Art Society International Student Exhibition, Corning, NY
2016Conglomerated Combustion, Atrium Gallery, Muncie, IN
2015Ken Saunders Gallery, Chicago, IL
2015Minnetrista Juried Art Show, Muncie, IN
2015Metamorphosis, Kokomo, IN
2014Open Space: Art About the Land, Muncie, IN
2014Juried Student Exhibition, Gallery 101, River Falls, WI
2014Howard Conn Fine Art Gallery, Minneapolis, MN (two person)
2013Larson Gallery, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
2011Kiehl Gallery, St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN (solo)
2010Arts West 31, Eau Claire, WI
2010VMRC Juried Exhibition, Harrisonburg, VA
2010Minnetonka Member’s Juried Exhibition, Minnetonka, MN
2010-08Juried Student Exhibition, Gallery 101, River Falls, WI
2009Bloomington Center for The Arts Juried Exhibition, Bloomington, MN


2019The Point, Issue 18, pg. 32-47
2017American Craft Magazine, Vol. 77, No. 5, pg. 12-13
2017 Future Now: 100 Contemporary Artists From The Aesthetica Art Prize,
2017Aesthetica Magazine, Issue 76, pg. 116-17

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