Donald Martiny


Donald Martiny Biography

American, b. 1953

"I enjoy talking about my work. I love to lecture. I’m surprised that I really like the people who collect my work. I figure I just like to make the work and let all that other stuff happen away from me. Everybody that I have met who has collected my work has been fascinating and interesting. I really like them, personally, every one of them.”
-Donald Martiny

A plan to become an artist at a young age, Martiny is making changes to what is classified as a painting. His free form paintings encompass gesture and color, distinctly incorporating Martiny’s positive outlook. His work is balanced by his experience at Doubleday and a traditional art education of copying famous works. Martiny has found a way to expand the interpretation of what society labels a painting through his medium and process. His paintings are combined with names of streets or places that have meaning to him combined with a memory of the gesture and color. An inside look into Martiny, the man behind these expressive paintings, takes your understanding of these paintings to another level.

Donald Martiny was born in Schenectady, NY in 1953 and currently lives and works in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He studied at the School of the Visual Arts, The Art Students League in New York, New York University and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Museum exhibitions include the FWMoA, Courtauld Institute of Art, Alden B Dow Museum of Art, Falmouth Museum, and the Cameron Art Museum. In 2015 Martiny received a commission from the Durst Organization to create two monumental paintings that are permanently installed in the lobby of One World Trade Center in New York City. In 2015 Martiny received the Sam & Adele Golden Foundation for the Arts Residency Grant and his work has been featured in the Huffington Post, NPR, Philadelphia Inquirer, VOGUE LIVING |  Australia, New American Paintings | South and Woven Tale Press. Martiny’s work is represented by galleries in Europe, the US and Australia and is collected internationally
Hope College, Holland, Michigan
University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas
School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
The Art Students League, New York, NY
New York University, New York, NY
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2016 All things Great and Small, Falmouth Art Museum, Cornwall, UK, Curated by Natalie Rigby
2016 Donald Martiny | Paintings, Alden B. Dow Museum, Midland, MI, Curated by Charles A Shepard III and Joslyn Elliott
2015 INTERACT| East Wing Biennial, The Courtauld Institute of Art, London, UK (With Bridget Riley, Julie Mehretu, and Felix Gonzalez Torres), Curated by Alicia Stockley and Elizabeth de Bertier
2015 CAM | Contemporary Art Museum | Raleigh, Sponsored by Citrix, Curated by MarjorieH. Hodges, Director, Contemporary Art Foundation
2015 State of the Art | Art of the State, Cameron Art Museum, Curated by: Laura Hoptman, Museum of Modern Art, NY, Peter Eleey, MoMA PS1, Nora Burnett Abrams, MCA | Denver, Heidi Zuckerman Jacobson, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen
2014 Donald Martiny: Freeing the Gesture, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IN

2017 Horace Williams House, Preservation Chapel Hill, NC | November
2017 Artea Gallery, Milan, Italy | November
2017 Donald Martiny, New Works | Diehl Gallery, Jackson, WY | July 20th - August 15th
2017 Sponder Gallery at Art Market San Francisco | April 26th - April 30th
2017 Pentimenti Gallery at Volta, New York, NY | March 1st - March 5th
2017 Pittura a Macchia | Madison Gallery, La Jolla, CA | February 18th – April 2nd
2016 Après Ski and Art | Diehl Gallery, Jackson, WY | December
2016 Falmouth Art Gallery, Cornwall, UK | November 26 - January 28, 2017
2016 Galleri Urbane Dallas, TX | October 15 - November 12
2016 Galerie Klaus Braun, Stuttgart, DE | September 23 - November 5
2016 Donald Martiny Paintings, Freeing the Gesture | Alden B Dow Museum of Art and Science, Midland, MI | September
2016 Made in Paint, Golden | New Berlin, NY | April 19 - August 19
2016 Donald Martiny, Pentimenti Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2015 Donald Martiny, Gestures, University of North Carolina | John and June Allcott Gallery, Curated by Elin O'Hara Slavic, director of graduate studies at UNC
2015 Donald Martiny, Gestures, Madison Gallery, La Jolla, CA
2014 Donald Martiny Paintings and Works on Paper, Curated by Janusz Jaworski, Courtesy of the Durst Organization. Condé Nast Atrium, New York, NY
2014 George Lawson Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2013 Galleri Urbane Marfa+Dallas, Dallas, TX
2013 George Lawson Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2012 Carrack Modern Art, Durham, NC
2011 POST Herman Street Studios, Philadelphia, PA
2010 Donald Martiny: Prototypes and Studies, High Point Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2017 Juxtaposition | Celia Johnson & Donald Martiny | ArtSpace, Raleigh, NC | September 1st - October 21st
2017 The Enduring Reasons Why | Pentimenti Gallery, Philadelphia, PA | September 16th - October 21st
2017 Remember when this wasn't quite how I remembered it? | Pentimenti Gallery, Philadelphia, PA | June - July
2017 View Elbe | Klaus Braun Gallery, Stuttgart, Deutschland | June
2017 Dialectical Praxis | Celia Johnson, Donald Martiny, Fred Giampietro Gallery, New Haven, CT | April
2016 Great & Small:  A Holiday Miniature Show | Diehl Gallery, Jackson, WY | December 2016 - January 2017
2016 Celebrating 40: Highlights from the Collection, Kathryn Markel Fine Arts | November
2016 Winter Show, GreenHill Center for the Arts, Greensboro, NC | November-December
2016 Winter Show, Ackland Museum of Art (store), NC | November-December
2016 60 Americans, MakeShift Museum, Los Angeles, CA, curated by Terrence Sanders | October
2016 IT'S ALL ABOUT THE HUE, Curated by Edie Carpenter, director GreenHill Center for NC Art, GreenHill Center for NC Art, Greensboro, NC
2016 Klaus Braun Gallery, Stuttgart, Deutschland | Pino Pinelli, Donald Martiny and Matthias Lutzeyer
2016 Summer Flash,  Pentimenti Gallery, Philadelphia PA
2015 ArtA Gallery, Milan, Italy | with Pino Pinelli, Donald Martiny and Bram Bogart | Curated by Alessandro Deponti
2015 Is it...Monochrome, Colorfield, or Object? Gallery Sonja Roesch, Houston, TX
2015 State of the Art | Art of the State, Cameron Art Museum, Wilmington, NC
2014 Complementary Colors, Pentimenti Gallery, Philadelphia, PA (with Clint Jukkala, Peter Combe, Alexix Grawell)
2014 China Art Projects, Conny Dietzschold Gallery, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, China
2014 7 x FARBE PUR, Monochrome Malerei | Galerie Klaus Braun, Stuttgart, Germany, with Beatriz Barral, Christiane Conrad, Matthias Lutzeyer, Pino Pinelli, Barbara Uetrecht)
2014 25 Years: Conny Dietzschold Gallery, Conny Dietzschold Gallery, Cologne, Germany
2014 Two Artists: Donald Martiny and Sherna Teperson, Conny Dietzschold Gallery, Sidney, Australia
2013 International Art Biennale non-objective, Curated by Roland Orépük, Pont de Claix, France
2013 Fundaments, Galerie Concret, Paris France (with Janet Meester and Werner Windisch)
2013 Pourquoi pas...Why not...2e Biennale internationale d'art non objectif, de la Ville de Pont de Claix, Curated by Roland Orépük.  Catalogue:  Le post-formalisms, by Billy Bruner (Phd Sydney University), Fondateur du SNO/Artiste/Curateur
2013 Ice Water, Flyswatter: Abstract Painting on Holiday in the Philadelphia Summer, Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Philadelphia, PA, Curated by Douglas Witmer
2013 Summer, George Lawson Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2013 Dallas Art Fair, Galleri Urbane, Marfa+Dallas, Dallas, TX
2013 Raleigh Fine Arts Society’s North Carolina Artists Exhibition, Curated by Bill Dunlap, Raleigh Fine Arts Society, Raleigh, NC
2013 Unfettered, Curated by Katharine Adkins, Assistant Curator of Exhibitions, The Nasher Museum of Art, Visual Art Exchange Gallery, Raleigh, NC
2013 Open Source, Curated by Elysia Borowy-Reeder, Executive director, Contemporary Art Museum, Raleigh, Visual Art Exchange Gallery, Raleigh, NC
2012 Miami Aqua, George Lawson Gallery, Miami, FL
2012 Painting to Sculpture, Curated by John Anderson,  Associate Professor of Art, Marlboro Gallery, Prince George Community College, Largo, MD
2012 This and That, Harris Warren Gallery, Wake Forest, NC
2011 New Abstraction, Speakeasy Gallery, Boonton, NJ