Juan Carlos Martinez is an award-winning artist, an art educator, and a specialist in portraiture and figurative artwork. For nearly two decades his work has been featured in various publications and exhibitions around the world, and has garnered numerous awards and commissions. Although much of Juan's work focuses on human subjects, he is adept at other genres such as landscape, both real and imagined, and still life painting. His work hangs in private and public collections in Canada, the US, and in Europe.
Juan was born in the province of Saskatchewan, Canada, and grew up in the city of Regina. After obtaining his B.A. (Hons.) from the University of Regina, he went on to obtain a law degree at the University of Saskatchewan and, later, continued his legal studies at John Marshall Law School in Chicago, IL, where he received a Master of Laws degree in Intellectual Property Law.
After practicing as a lawyer for a number of years, Juan finally turned his avocation of classical painting and drawing into a true vocation. In 2001 he completed an intensive five-year course of study in Toronto, Canada, and Florence, Italy, under the tutelage of renowned painter and teacher, Michael John Angel. The training was in what is now known as the classical realist tradition. For over 15 years, until late in 2016, Juan was a senior instructor at Toronto’s well-known Academy of Realist Art (ARA) and also conducted workshops elsewhere in Canada and the US during that period. Today, he continues teaching via workshops on his own behalf, still at ARA as well as in other locations in Canada and the United States. Juan has authored a number of instructional articles for various publications in traditional print and in digital forums and media. His work has been the subject of numerous articles and features (listed below) in a variety of media. Juan frequently lectures on technical or art historical and other matters relating to representational art and its grand traditions.
Juan continually, and currently, develops his body of work and maintains an influence as a teacher and mentor, and as a commissioned portrait painter.
Please feel free to contact Juan directly regarding available work, commissions, or about instruction, lectures, and workshops.
Awards & Achievements
• 2018 Finalist, Portrait Society of America, Members Only Competition, "Commissioned Portrait" category
• 2018 Finalist Art Renewal Center (ARC) Worldwide Salon Competition, Figure or Portrait Categories
• 2017 Finalist and Placement, Portrait Society of America, Members Only Competition, "Self Portrait" category
• 2016 Finalist Portrait Society of America, Members Only Competition, "Outside The Box" category
• 2016 Finalist Art Renewal Center (ARC) Worldwide Salon Competition, Figure and Portrait Categories
• 2015 Finalist NEXT! Juried Exhibition, Arts & Letters Club, Toronto, ON
• 2013 2nd Place Award, Art Renewal Center (ARC) Worldwide Salon Competition, Drawing Category
• 2013 2010, 2009, 2007 ARC Salon Finalist Art Renewal Center Worldwide Salon Competition, Figure and Drawing Categories
• 2011 Finalist and Award of Exceptional Merit Portrait Society of America, Art of the Portrait Conference, Atlanta, GA
• 2010 Buckhorn Art FestivalPart of “Canadian Masters” exhibit (which included Robert Bateman and Michael Dumas),
Buckhorn Art Festival, Buckhorn, ON
• 2009 Featured in Season 1 of “Star Portraits” on Bravo! TV.
• 2009 2nd Place Award, Richeson 75 International: Portrait & Figure, Richeson School of Art and Gallery, Kimberly, WI, USA
• 2008 Presenter and Panelist Portrait Society of Canada International Portrait Arts Festival, Toronto, ON
• 2006 Presenter and Judge Portrait Society of Canada International Portrait Arts Festival, Toronto, ON
• 2006 Certificate of Excellence Portrait Society of America, Art of the Portrait Conference, Dallas TX
• 2004 Best Portfolio Portrait Society of America, Art of the Portrait Conference, Boston MA
• 2004 Merit Certificate Portrait Society of America, Art of the Portrait Conference, Boston MA
• 2004 Invited to ARC “Living Masters” gallery Art Renewal Center (ARC)
• 2004 ARC Salon Honourable Mention Art Renewal Center (ARC) Worldwide Salon Competition; Still Life, www.artrenewal.org
• 2003 Best in Show and Grand Prize Portrait Society of Canada, International Portrait Arts Competition, Toronto, ON
Publications (Appearing in)
• 2016 Featured Artist in 21st Century Figurative Art: The Resurrection of Art by Jan Esmann, (Blue Pearl Publications, Copenhagen)
• 2014 Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine, April issue; “Today’s Masters”.
• 2013 Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine Nov./Dec. issue, “ARC Salon winners”
• 2011 American Artist Magazine — Feature article
• 2011 Lawyer’s Weekly — “Portrait of the Artist as an ex-Lawyer”
• 2010 Poets and Artists Magazine— On cover and feature article, October issue.
• 2010 Brushstroke Magazine — On cover of Jun./July issue
• 2007 Brushstroke Magazine — Subject of main feature article in inaugural issue.
• 2007 American Artist Magazine: Drawing
• 2005–2006 International Artist Magazine — Author, 6-part instructional series: “Academy Way”
• 2017 LEGACY (Nov. 2017) Curated Exhibition, Gallery 1261, Denver, CO
• 2015 NEXT! Juried Exhibition, Arts & Letters Club, Toronto, ON
• 2013 Figurative Art International Juried Exhibition, Figurativas en Red, Barcelona, Spain
• 2010 Buckhorn Art Festival, “Canadian Masters” invitational exhibition, Buckhorn, ON
• 2009 Praxis: Beauty & Truth, Group exhibition, Joseph D. Carrier Gallery, Toronto, ON
• 2008 The Inspired Line, Group show, Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts, Hamilton, ON
• 2007 Young Masters, Group show, Andreeva Gallery, Santa Fe, NM, USA
• 2007 Converging Passions, Group show, instructors and faculty, Andreeva Gallery, Santa Fe, NM, USA
• 2005 Realist Revival, Group show ARA students and faculty, Earl’s Court Gallery, Hamilton, ON
• 2003 Still Classical: Recent Works on Paper from Florentine Academies, Westbeth Arts Center Gallery, NY, ISB Gallery,Rhode Island School of Art,and Design, Providence, RI;Palazzetto Cenci, Rome, Italy; Chiesa dell’Educatorio di Fuligno, Florence, Italy
• 2003 – 2012 ARA Annual Open House, Group show ARA students and faculty, Academy of Realist Art, Toronto, ON
• 2002 RebelAngels.com, Contemporary Realist Painters’ self-portrait exhibition, invitational
• 2001 Canadian Miniatures, Invitational Group Show, Deerhurst Resort, ON