Interviews

A Day With: Carlos Martin

Carlos Martin is a dedicated Spanish artist whose prizewinning works have been featured in exhibitions, publications and permanent collections throughout Spain. Depicting beaches, cities and objects, his paintings play with perspective, color and movement. We recently caught-up with the artist to learn more about his inspiration, creative process, and how he spends a typical day in and out of the studio.

What’s the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?

Turn off my alarm clock and swear I’ll go to bed early tonight…

What inspires you to create every day?

I usually focus on a few topics (human figure, multiple figures on the beach), so my question is how to do what I do differently or more precisely, not what to do really.

What does your work space look like?

I have my own private studio and I’m very happy with it. It’s filled with plenty of stuff because I use a lot of materials. I have to admit that it’s not the cleanest space and that worries me (a little).

 Carlos Martin, '1JSC,' 2019. Acrylic on Canvas, 97x130cm.
Carlos Martin, ‘1JSC,’ 2019. Acrylic on Canvas, 97x130cm.

Describe the core of your technique or style.

I usually paint beaches with a multitude of characters. On my beaches there are characters that I try to make very real so that everyone can feel represented. I also like the human figure in extreme movements (in the air). For my paintings, I almost always use oil and acrylics.

What are your top 3 studio essentials?

I love to listen to music and podcasts while I’m working. Before I start working, I always change my clothes and put on my favorite “studio clothes”. There is plenty of paint on this outfit and I love it because there’s a always little of my previous work on it.

Carlos Martin 'PNSB,' 2018. Acrylic on Canvas, 60x90cm.
Carlos Martin ‘PNSB,’ 2018. Acrylic on Canvas, 60x90cm.

How do you know or decide when an artwork is finished?

It’s maybe the hardest question. I have realized that over time, I have been changing in this perception of when the work is finished. I believe that every time I am more demanding with myself.

What do you like to do to unwind after a day’s work?

I really like sports, so going to the gym, running, etc are some of the things that most relax me. Reading and watching series is something that I dedicate a lot of time to as well.

Carlos Martin, 'Low tide morning,' 2018. Acrylic on Paper, 65x101cm.
Carlos Martin, ‘Low tide morning,’ 2018. Acrylic on Paper, 65x101cm.

What’s your overall favorite aspect of the creative process?

The first steps of the mental process of creation are so demanding in order to take what is inside your head and place it upon a paper or canvas. The questions about how to do it, what technique, which colors, etc. are my favorite part of the creative process.

Thank you , Carlos! See more of his work on Singulart.

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