Wenceslao (Wence) Martinez : Martinez Studio
1959 Born in Teotitlan del Valle, Oaxaca, Mexico. Zapotec Indian.
1971-74 Began weaving apprenticeship under his grandfather, Manuel Martinez and father, Còsme Martinez.
1974-77 Entered the National Institute of Weaving (Taller Nacional de Tapiz) in Mexico City under full scholarship. Studied design, gobelin and dyeing with Master Pedro Preux, Bertha Preciado and Edmundo Aquino.
1977 Commissioned to weave the drawings and paintings of Edmundo Aquino in his private studio.
1982 Commissioned by the Taller Nacional de Tapiz in Mexico City to produce a weaving of Carlos Merida’s design.
1983 Weaving specialty pieces in hand spun wool commissioned by various artists and developing personal interpretations of tribal patterns.
1988 Wove a series of tapestries designed by Sandra (Hackbarth) Martinez. The collection of 15 collaborative pieces were featured in Convergence ’88, International Textile Conference and exhibited throughout Chicago, IL including a solo exhibition at Topeka Gallery, The Field Museum, and The Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum, (now the National Museum of Mexican Art)
1994-Present Opened Martinez Studio in Jacksonport, Wisconsin on the Door County Peninsula. The gallery focuses on Wence and his wife Sandra’s work.
Wence is deeply honored that his tapestry, “Codice Nuttall” has been accepted into the permanent collection of the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago IL, as a promised gift. Graciously donated by long time supporters, the collectors felt while they are currently enjoying the piece in their home, ultimately, the public should have access.
2003 Visiting Artist Demo at the National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, IL
2004 Martinez Studio: Ten Years, Latino Arts, Milwaukee, WI.
2005 Dia de los Muertos Altar, National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, IL
2008 Martinez Studio: Painted and Woven, Solo. Fairfield Art Museum, Door County, WI
2012 Debuted on the national show circuit at Architectural Digest Home Show, NYC.
2013 Returned to the Architectural Digest Show. Juried.
2013 Debuted at the prestigious Smithsonian Craft Show in Washington D.C.
2013 JM Kohler Art Center, One and Only at ARTspace, Sheboygan, WI. By Invitation.
2014 Craftforms Show, Wayne Art Center, PA. Juried.
2014 PBS/WPT profile piece, Wisconsin Life Series. “Woven Together” Viewable at our site.
2014 American Craft Council Show, Baltimore by special invitation.
2014 Smithsonian Craft Show, D.C.…2 years back to back!
2014 JM Kohler Art Center, Black, White with a Bit of Color, Invitational. Sheboygan, WI.
2014 Green Home Chicago, Modern Flatweave/Primitive Painting. Solo.
2014 American Craft Magazine, first editorial mention and photo, Oct/Nov Masters issue.
2014 Crafts America Show in Washington D.C.
2014 Philadelphia Art Museum Craft Show, Philadelphia, PA. (1st)
2015 American Craft Council Show, Baltimore, MD.
2015 Smithsonian Craft Show D.C…3 years back to back!
2015 Contemporary Flatweave Rooted in Legacy, Martinez Studio at Latino Arts, UCC Milwaukee, WI Solo Show celebrating 21 years.
2015 Philadelphia Art Museum Craft Show, Philadelphia, PA. (2nd)
2016 Smithsonian Craft Show 4th consecutive Washington D.C.
2016 Smithsonian Silver Award for overall excellence!
2016 MOWA Museum of Wisconsin Art, West Bend, WI Aug 6- Nov 6
Traditional Textiles Meet Modern Design: Wence and Sandra Martinez