Arjan Martins

(this page was last updated in January 2019)

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1960.
Lives and works in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

PIPA 2018 Winner.
PIPA 2018 Popular Vote Winner.

PIPA 2010, 2011, 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018 nominee.

Arjan Martin’s works addresses the matter of the African diaspora and Afro-Atlantic migrations occurred by the Brazilian colonial era. His production revolves around the incorporation of signs and codes excluded from history, and his canvases and drawings retell the history of colonization and slavery from the opressed’s point of view. Through daily activities, immigrants and African descendants are portrayed since their arrival to the new continent to present-time, as a fundamental part of his art. “In a very explicit way, Arjan’s paintings highlight the colonization and slavery oppression aches – which are still so present in our daily social conflicts – but they do this with a violent exuberance of form, that doesn’t let themselves to domesticate in illustration”, declares Luis Camillo Osorio.

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