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Ender Martos, an award winning Texan Venezuelan artist based in Austin, plans to jumpstart the long awaited 2021 with a cultural headrush. The visual artist will debut “21 (Veintiuno)'', a virtual exhibition of his celebrated optic art, along with his personal reflections on the theme of “diversity within diversity.”
Ender Martos is a fast-rising artist who has drawn comparisons with kinetic art masters such as Jesus Soto and Carlos Cruz-Diez. Ender mixes different media to create wall sculptures and massive installations that involve the viewer in sensorial experiences of movement and color. Ender’s work has been very well received by art collectors from many cities of the US and Mexico, including Miami, Chicago, Austin, Houston, Fort Worth and Mexico City. Ender is known for using intricate geometrical patterns and carefully placed color arrangements to celebrate the strength and beauty of cultural diversity.
“21/Veintiuno” (“twenty-one” in Spanish) will be debuted online on February 1st, 2021. The virtual exhibition will have multiple digital photographs of Ender’s work arranged in three thematic periods of 21 years, each one representing the artist’s past, present and future. The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center of Austin presents this special exhibition as part of their Award-Winning Artists solo exhibits, which has gone virtual since March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Smithsonian Learning Lab platform will be used to present Ender’s work, which the ESB-MACC will share throughout multiple channels.
“I am honored to be a recipient of the 2019 Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center Award of Excellence and given the opportunity to create this unique virtual exhibition,” said artist Ender Martos, “I believe the virtual environment actually provides a nice opportunity for a wider range of people to enjoy the work and reflect on my personal take on diversity, a crucial concept that defines this next year and decades to come. 21 is a complex number, for many has lately become a symbol of hope after a particularly brutal year 2020.”
“I think Ender’s work encapsulates a new type of artwork that the ESB-MACC can showcase to the public, a champion of diversity.” said Olivia Tamzarian, the program supervisor at the Mexican American Cultural Center. “Knowing Ender’s passion for innovative thinking, I am looking forward to his virtual exhibition, an innovative presentation of three dimensional works translated to a virtual exhibit for anyone around the world to experience.”
Ender Martos’s Veintiuno is one of many new initiatives presented by the Mexican American Cultural Center of Austin. Other recent digital exhibits have included Chingonx Fire and XX Timeline at the Crossroads XX. The ESB-MACC’s virtual exhibits contribute to its mission, which is the preservation, creation, presentation, and promotion of the cultural arts of Mexican Americans and Latino cultures.
- For a downloadable press kit with stills, logos and videos, please click this link
- For the exhibit page, please click this link. On February 1st that page will have a live link to Ender’s Virtual Exhibit, which will be viewable on the Smithsonian Learning Lab.
About Ender Martos
Award Winning Artist Ender Martos is best known for creating impactful sensory experiences that include optical movement and engage viewers with the boundary and curiosity of human perception. Martos specializes in creating colorful three-dimensional installations to stimulate light-sensitive experiences of optical movement that shift the viewer's perception with every step. Ender Martos’ earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from The University of Texas at Austin in 2008 and is currently represented by Carneal Simmons Contemporary Art Gallery in Dallas, TX and Artspace111 in Fort Worth, TX. He has exhibited in multiple galleries and shows in Chicago, IL, Mexico City & Monterrey, Mexico, Miami, FL, Houston, TX, Marfa, TX, Georgetown, TX and Austin, TX since 2004. His art installations have been commissioned by multiple transnational corporations such as Facebook, he was a regional finalist in the Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series in SCOPE, Miami FL, and he was a recipient of the 2019 Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center Award of Excellence, Austin, TX.
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