Within his paintings, Angelo Ray Martínez (b. 1981 in Boulder, CO) combines a playful variety of images, exploring the construction of personal and cultural identities. 8-bit video game graphics, tattoos, and items of clothing are some of the elements that are utilized to explore themes of appropriation, assimilation, and hybridity. His work questions the role of objects and images in the construction of self-identification while highlighting the increasing fluidity of identity in the post-internet age.
Martínez currently lives with his wife, artist Melonie Mulkey, in South Bend, IN, where he is a Visiting Assistant Professor and Department Chair in the Holy Cross College, Department of Creative Arts.