Fidencio Martinez Perez
MFA, concentration in Painting and Drawing, University of Iowa, IA, 2015, Emphasis in Printmaking
MA, concentration in Painting and Drawing, University of Iowa, IA, 2014, Emphasis in Sculpture
BFA, concentration in Painting, Memphis College of Art, TN, 2013, Minor in Art History
Fidencio Martinez Perez was born in Oaxaca, Mexico, but raised in the U.S. after his family zmigrated. His current work examines the debate over borders, edges, and the people who must traverse through them. In his work, Martinez Perez manipulates paper surfaces, and maps to refer to the crafts and customs taught to him as a toddler in Oaxaca – ones used to celebrate festivals and to mourn the dead. For Martinez Perez these techniques are a way to reconnect with a time and place no longer present.
Martinez Perez received his BFA from Memphis College of Art (2013) and an MA & MFA from the University of Iowa (2015). He is the recipient of the Galveston Artist Residency from 2016 to 2017 and has received other residency fellowships including ACRE, and Studio 3325, based in Chicago. Selected awards include the Alice C. Cole Fellowship Nominee 2017; Hyde Park Art Center: The Center Program 2016, Philip G. Hubbard Human Rights Award 2015; and the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures, Fund for the Arts: Artist/Ensemble Grant in 2014.
Recent group exhibitions include the Smithsonian's Art Intersections: Asian Latino Pop Up Gallery ; Fresh Prints: The Nineties to Now at the Cleveland Museum of Art; DUMA Biennial and a solo exhibition at the Dubuque Museum of Art; The Annual at the Chicago Artist Coalition; Somewheres & Nowheres: New Prints 2014 at the International Print Center New York and Fronteras/Frontiers at the Beach Museum of Art (2017/2018).