Enrique Martinez Celaya, Biography

Born 1964 in Cuba. Lives and works in Los Angeles, USA.


▹ Provost Professor of Humanities and Arts, University of Southern California

▹ Roth Distinguished Visiting Scholar, Dartmouth College

▹ Montgomery Fellow, Dartmouth College

▹ Visiting Presidential Professor, University of Nebraska

▹ Associate Professor, Pomona College and Claremont Graduate University

▹ MFA, University of California, Santa Barbara
▹ Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture

▹ MS, University of California, Berkeley

▹ BS, Cornell University


▹ Galleri Andersson/Sandström, The Other Life, Stockholm, Sweden

▹ Jack Shainman Gallery, The Gypsy Camp, New York, New York
▹ Galerie Judin, The Mirroring Land, Berlin, Germany
▹ Fredric Snitzer Gallery, Nothing That Is Ours, Miami, Florida

▹ The Phillips Collection, One-on-One: Enrique Martínez Celaya/ Albert Pinkham Ryder, Washington, D.C.
▹ Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts, Small Paintings: 1974- 2015, Birmingham, Alabama
▹ Parafin, Self and Sea, London, United Kingdom
▹ Baldwin Gallery, Self and Land, Aspen, Colorado

▹ Jack Shainman Gallery, Empires: Land and Empires: Sea, New York, New York
▹ L.A. Louver, Lonestar, Venice, California

▹ Hood Art Museum, Dartmouth College, Burning as It Were a Lamp, Hanover, New Hampshire
▹ Galleri Andersson/Sandström, A Wasted Journey, A Half-finished Blaze, Umeå, Sweden
▹ Parafin, The Seaman’s Crop, London, United Kingdom

▹ Strandverket Konsthall, The Tower of Snow, Marstrand, Sweden
▹ SITE Santa Fe, The Pearl, Santa Fe, New Mexico
▹ Fredric Snitzer Gallery, Burning as It Were a Lamp, Miami, Florida

▹ The State Hermitage Museum, The Tower of Snow, St. Petersburg, Russia
▹ L.A. Louver, The Hunt’s Will, Venice, California
▹ Galleri Andersson/Sandström, Roadhome, Stockholm, Sweden
▹ Galería Joan Prats, El cielo de invierno, Barcelona, Spain

▹ Miami Art Museum, Schneebett, Miami, Florida
▹ L.A. Louver Gallery, Wormwood, Venice, California
▹ Liverpool Street Gallery, The Cliff, Sydney, Australia

▹ Simon Lee Gallery, The Open, London, United Kingdom
▹ Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, The Crossing, New York, New York
▹ Baldwin Gallery, The Palace, Aspen, Colorado

▹ Akira Ikeda Gallery, An Empty Space, New York, New York
▹ Sara Meltzer Gallery, Down With Me, New York, New York
▹ Boca Raton Museum of Art, An Unfinished Conversation: Collecting Enrique Martínez Celaya, Boca Raton, Florida

▹ L.A. Louver, Daybreak, Venice, California
▹ Liverpool Street Gallery, The Lovely Season, Sydney, Australia

▹ Miami Art Museum, Nomad, Miami, Florida
▹ Akira Ikeda Gallery, Six Paintings on the Duration of Exile, Taura, Japan
▹ John Berggruen Gallery, For two Martinson poems, poorly understood, San Francisco, California
▹ Sara Meltzer Gallery, Awaiting a second plan, New York, New York

▹ Museum der bildenden Künste Leipzig, Schneebett, Leipzig, Germany
▹ Sheldon Museum of Art, University of Nebraska, Coming Home, Lincoln, Nebraska

▹ Oakland Museum of California, Enrique Martínez Celaya. Works on Paper, Oakland, California
▹ Brauer Museum of Art, Enrique Martínez Celaya: The Photographs, Valparaiso, Indiana
▹ Akira Ikeda Gallery, Shore: “Is today yesterday?” (Part I), Berlin, Germany
▹ Griffin Contemporary, Shore: “Is today yesterday?” (Part II), Santa Monica, California

▹ Berliner Philharmonie, Schneebett, Berlin, Germany
▹ Colorado University Art Museum, Poetry in Process, Boulder, Colorado
▹ Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, The October Cycle, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

▹ John Berggruen Gallery, Recent Paintings, San Francisco, California
▹ Sheldon Museum of Art, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, The October Cycle, Lincoln, Nebraska

▹ Massachusetts College of Art, Enrique Martínez Celaya: 1992-2000, Boston, Massachusetts
▹ Griffin, Enrique Martínez Celaya, Santa Monica, California
▹ Danese Gallery, Enrique Martínez Celaya, New York, New York

▹ The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, Enrique Martínez Celaya: 1992- 2000, Honolulu, Hawaii
▹ The Orange County Museum of Art, Enrique Martínez Celaya: 1992- 2000, Newport Beach, California
▹ Von der Heydt-Museum, Enrique Martínez Celaya, Wuppertal, Germany

▹ Griffin, Coming Home, Venice, California
▹ Rena Bransten Gallery, Paintings of Mercy, San Francisco, California
▹ Galería Ramis Barquet, Pinturas de merced, Monterrey, Mexico

▹ Andrew Mummery Gallery (at St. Pancras Chambers), The Field, London, United Kingdom

▹ Galerie Bäumler, Recent Works, Regensburg, Germany
▹ Luigi Marrozzini Gallery, Enrique Martínez Celaya, San Juan, Puerto Rico
▹ Griffin, Enrique Martínez Celaya, Venice, California
▹ Baldwin Gallery, New Work, Aspen, Colorado

▹ Burnett Miller Gallery, Redemption, Santa Monica, California

▹ Bronx Museum of the Arts, Recent Work, Bronx, New York

▹ Dorothy Goldeen Gallery, Lions of Frosting, Santa Monica, California

▹ University Art Museum, University of California, Black Paintings, Santa Barbara, California



Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York

The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California

The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.

Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden

Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, Connecticut

The Olbricht Collection, Berlin, Germany

Pérez Art Museum Miami, Florida

he Wieland Collection, Smyrna, Georgia

Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, Arizona

UCLA Charles E. Young Research Library Special Collections, Los Angeles, California

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire

Museum der bildenden Künste Leipzig, Germany

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas

Denver Art Museum, Denver, Colorado

The Graduate Center, City University of New York, New York

Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon

Strandverket Konsthallen, Marstrand, Sweden

Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire

Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, California

Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, California

Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, California

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California

The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, Miami, Florida

NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Sheldon Museum of Art, Lincoln, Nebraska

Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, North Carolina

Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, North Carolina

The Colorado Collection, Boulder, Colorado

Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Aspen, Colorado

US Bank, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington

Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, Florida

The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, Hawaii

Neues Stadtmuseum der Stadt Landsberg/Lech, Germany

Figge Art Museum, Davenport, Iowa

The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, New York

Museum of Nebraska Art, Kearney, Nebraska

Pomona College Museum of Art, Claremont, California

Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, Arkansas

Brauer Museum of Art, Valparaiso, Indiana



Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities Fellow, University of Southern California, 2017

Montgomery Fellow, Dartmouth College, 2014

Cecil and Ida Green Honors Chair, Texas Christian University, 2014

Knight Foundation Grant, 2013

Visiting Presidential Professor, University of Nebraska, 2007-2010

National Artist Award, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, 2007

California Community Foundation Fellowship, J. Paul Getty Trust Fund

for the Visual Arts, 2001

Young Talent Award, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1998