Born in Krasnoyarsk in 1989. Lives and works in Moscow.
The artist graduated from the Faculty of Painting of the Krasnoyarsk Art School and the Free Workshops Contemporary Art School of the Moscow Museum of Modern Art.
In his practice, Martins engages with a distinctive set of materials, techniques and subjects that reveal the dynamic tension between civilization and nature. Out of old, reclaimed wooden planks, which still preserve the memory of wild forest and the warmth of a dwelling, he assembles striking and enigmatic zoomorphic sculptures. Using acrylic and graphite pencil, he creates concise monochromatic compositions, wherein the traces of anthropocentric landscape dissolve into the “snowy” whiteness of unfilled background.
Martins considers all of his works in different media, including the ones produced for public spaces, as inherently connected parts of a single social and aesthetic project – a meditation on ecologic cataclysms, the ambivalent status of a human being in the system of organic life, regional identity and the unifying potential of art.
In 2015, Martins got onto the short list of the Kandinsky Prize in the nomination “Young Artist. Project of the Year” for his joint performance with the artist Igor Lazarev How to Talk about Art to the Siberian City. In 2017, Alexey Martins became the winner of the annual Ruinart Art Patronat Award Contest in the field of contemporary art. Martins’ portfolio includes over 20 group exhibitions and five solo shows. He has participated in the 3rd Moscow Biennale of Young Art, the Main Project of the 7th Moscow International Biennale of Contemporary Art, and the 12th International Festival of Landscape Objects.
Martin’s works are found at the State Tretyakov Gallery, Krasnoyarsk Museum Centre and in private collections.
2018 Heat forms, Fragment Gallery (Moscow)
2017 Mental firewood, Fragment Gallery (Moscow)
2016 Garden should grow up, Otdel Gallery (Krasnoyarsk)
2015 Mental firewood, Otdel Gallery (Krasnoyarsk)
2010 Space combat, Secach Gallery (Krasnoyarsk)
Festivals and Biennale:
2018 Contemporary art festival “Territory.Krasnoyarsk” (Krasnoyarsk)
2017 The Main project of the 7th Moscow International Biennale of Contemporary Art. Curator: Yuko Hasegawa, New Tretyakov Gallery (Moscow)
2017 12th international festival of landscape objects Archstoyanie (Nikola-Lenivets)
2015 The practice of touch, 11 Krasnoyarsk museum biennale (Krasnoyarsk)
2014 Biennale of science art (Novosibirsk)
2013 Love of space, 10 Krasnoyarsk museum biennale (Krasnoyarsk)
2013 May!, Festival of Contemporary Art (Krasnodar)
2012 Liquid Life. The special project of 3th Moscow International Biennale for Young Art (Moscow)
2017 The winner of the annual Ruinart Art Patronat Award Contest in the field of contemporary art
2017 Archstoyanie’s grant for the the implementation of the project “Being Together” (Russia)
2015 Kandinsky award. Nominee “Young Artist”
Selected group exhibitions:
2018 Big country – big ideas (mobile exhibition on cities of Russia)
2018 The work of tрe future – art in Nikola-Lenivets, Peresvetov Pereulok Gallery (Moscow)
2018 Tragedy in the corner, Museum of Moscow (Moscow)
2017 Recycling landscape, State Tretyakov Gallery (Moscow)
2016 Artbat FEST, Almaty, Kazakhstan
2014 The town where you can, KRYAKK 2014 (Krasnoyarsk)
2012 New conditions, National Centre for Contemporary Arts (Ekaterinburg)
2012 Rejected reality, ARTPLAY (Moscow)
2012 Time to change, Secach Gallery (Krasnoyarsk)
2012 Art-Session 2012, Museum centre (Krasnoyarsk)
2012 Архваренье, Architectural Festival (Krasnoyarsk)
2011 In depth, 9 Krasnoyarsk museum biennale (Krasnoyarsk)
2011 Art-Session 2011, Museum centre (Krasnoyarsk)
2011 First on Mars, National Centre for Contemporary Arts, Ural (Ekaterinburg)
2011 Art from the machine (Nazarovo)
2011 World Of Siberia (Shushenskoye)
2010 I am responsible for his father, Museum centre (Krasnoyarsk)
2010 Art Search, Yakut Biennale of Young Art (Yakutsk)
2010 Red carpet, Video Festival of Kansk (Kansk)
2010 The beginning of the way, Mix-Max (Krasnoyarsk)
2010 17. Seriosly, Museum centre (Krasnoyarsk)
2015 Celebration, Exhibition of Young Artists (Krasnoyarsk)
2014 …. Bystrovka, Gallery of Sudden Art (Krasnoyarsk)
2012 Rodina-Smorodina, Exhibition Picnic (Krasnoyarsk)
2012 THE END Ontology End, Exhibition of Young Artists (Krasnoyarsk)