Carlos Martiel - CV + Bio

Carlos Martiel (born 1989, Havana, Cuba) has presented forty different performances since 2007. In each, he has tested the limits of his ability to endure pain, deprivation and physical restraints, reducing his existence to his biological need to survive. He has been sewn to gallery walls; he has lain motionless on ice; he has bled himself, and he has pinned his father’s military medals directly onto his bare chest. In addition to his performance practice, Martiel creates photographs and videos.


Born 1989, Havana

2008-2009 Chair “Art Practice” directed by artist Tania Bruguera, Havana
2005-2009 National Academy of Fine Arts “San Alejandro”, Havana

Solo Shows and Performances
2015
Aislado, Steve Turner, Los Angeles
Basemento, BHQFU, New York
Ascension, MAAS | Mandragoras Art Space, New York
Ruins, CentralTalk, Dallas, Texas

2014
Sentence, Cannonball Residence, Miami
Simiente, Defibrillator Gallery, Chicago (curated by Joseph Ravens)
Plegaria Muda, Steve Turner Contemporary, Los Angeles

2013
Camouflage, Fonderie Darling, Montréal
Acid Rain, Axeneo7, Gatineau, Canada
MARES (with artist Gustavo Solar) Pera del Olmo, Buenos Aires
Punto di Fuga, Nitsch Museum, Naples
Prodigal Son, Theatre LUX, Guatemala City

2012
MARES (with artist Gustavo Solar), Project Room, Quito, Ecuador
Mock, Contemporary Art Center Wifredo Lam, Havana

2011
Desilucional, Zalle Zero, French Alliance in Cuba, Havana
Lost sentiment, Havana Factory, Havana

2010
Prodigal son, Witch House, Liverpool
Quartered spirits, Development Center for the Visual Arts, Havana

2009.
Adam Black and more, National Academy of Fine Arts San Alejandro, Havana

Group Exhibitions

2015
A Beautiful New World, Nanjing International Exhibition Center, Nanjing, China
Happy Hour, BHQFU, New York
4th Performance Festival Thessaloniki (5th Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art), Studio Vix Motrix, Thessaloniki, Greece
Encuentro Latinoamericano de Performance, Argentine Museum of Contemporary Art (MACA), Bueno Aires, Argentina
Performeado, Glasshouse ArtLifeLab, New York
Video Action, Valencia Art Museum (MUVA), Carabobo, Spain
The Third Shore, Kir Royal Gallery, Valencia, Spain
2014
Encuentros, La Brise Glace, Annecy, France
Celebration Videoplay, (BOX)Videoart Project Space, Milan
Pinta London (with Steve Turner Contemporary, Los Angeles)
III International Biennial of Contemporary Art ULA-2014, Mérida, Venezuela
30th Anniversary Havana Biennial, Centro Wilfredo Lam Contemporary Art, Havana
 Celebration Videoplay, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Argentino (MACA), Buenos Aires
Behind the Wall, The Rockefeller Brothers Fund, New York
Rapid Pulse International, Defibrillator Gallery, Chicago
Dextrocardíaco, Factory of Art, Madrid
Rolling Items Meet, Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center, Shanghai
The In -Tension, Institut Supérieur des Beaux Arts de Besançon, Besançon, France
Think twice, New Latin American Jewelry, Museo Arocena, Coahuila de Zaragoza, México
Lone star Explosion, Art League Houston, International Performance Art Biennale, Houston

2013
To Break the Walls, Museum of Fine Arts, Havana
Video in Action, French Alliance in Maracay, Maracay, Venezuela
Video Art of Central American and Caribbean “La Otra Bienal”, The Macarena, Bogota
The In-Tension, Beton7, Athens
Perpendicular Luta, SESC Palladium, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Behind the Wall, The 8th floor, New York
VIVA! Art action, Bain St-Michel, Montréal
Think twice: New Latin American Jewelry, Arts Center, Monterrey, Mexico
Incorpora, Xisto Space, Bahia, Brazil
Beyon Fragility, Historical Center Kalamanca, Kalamanca, Greece
Road Maps, Sputnik Art Project, Milan
Sovereign acts Space 13 Foundation, Warsaw
Think twice, New Latin American Jewelry, Estonian Museum of Art and Design, Tallinn, Estonia
Exhibition of Artists Award 2012, Haus der Kunst, Vallarta, Mexico

2012
International Multimedia Art Festival, Institut français de Birmanie, Yangon, Myanmar
Deformes Biennial IV, University of Chile “School of Theatre”, Santiago de Chile
On sincerity, Boston University, Boston
N.N. International Performance, Space Quina, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Close Combat II, The multinational, Quito, Ecuador
FLYERS, Collateral to the 11th Biennial of Havana, Morro – Cabaña, Havana
A History Vintage, 273 Alcalá, Madrid
New Video-political realities, Museum of Modern Art of Medellin, Medellin ; (Mamba) Museum of Modern Art, Buenos Aires, San Juan, Argentina;(CAC) Contemporary Art Center of Quito, Ecuador ; Spain Cordoba Cultural Center, Cordoba, Argentina ; Co-op tramallol, Sevilla; Cultural Center Founders,Manizales, Colombia ; La Mandorla: Space Test and action, San Juan, Argentina ; Foundation Art Bilbao, Bilbao; Perifèries (Nau), Valencia; Antic Teatre, Barcelona
Art is not easy: Temporary Lapses and Artistic Translation, Links Hall, Chicago
Wakes, Flashing Space, Cartagena. Colombia

2011
Quinquenio, Zalle Zero, French Alliance in Cuba, Havana
Pink Noise, Provincial Center of Plastic Arts and Design “Luz & Oficio”. Havana
Friendly takeover, zu Gast bei E105 Artlab21 studio, Bonn. Germany
Think twice, New Latin American Jewelry, Bellevue Museum of Arts, Seattle
Spray, Das Hochhaus Kokerei Hansa Museum, Dortmund, Germany

2010
Images, Imageres, Imaginaires, World Festival of Black Arts and Cultures, Biscuiterie of Medina, Dakar, Senegal
The Atmosphere: Section poetic + Art Festival, Centro Wilfredo Lam Contemporary Art, Havana
Touched, Visitor Center, International Festival of Art Contemporany, 6th Liverpool Biennial
The tip of the bullet, a decade of Cuban Art, Cuba Pavilion. Havana
Subject omitted, Humboldt Chair, Havana
Think Twice: New Latin American Jewelry, Museum of Art and Design (MAD), New York
American Night, Development Center for the Visual Arts, Havana
Utropicos, University of Fine Arts in Pontevedra, Pontevedra Biennial XXXI, Galicia, Spain

2009
Strong is the Morro WHO I AM, Space Aglutinador, Havana
Only short, Transfusion Cuban Cultural Festival, Barcelona
State of Exception, Gallery X Havana Biennial, Havana

Selected Bibliography
2015
Shaw, Michael. “Continued and Recommended October 2015”, ArtScene, October

2013
Perez, Heidines. “El ‘doloroso’ arte de Carlos Martiel,” Noticias, December 13
DiazCasas, Rafael. “The Performance Art of Carlos Martiel: Blood, Epiphany, Revelation,” Cuban Art News, April 18
Mosca, di Mario. “Estasi e dolore sul corpo di Carlos Martiel,” Il Roma, March 26
Esposito, Pasquale. “Martiel, l’artista che offre il proprio corpo all’arte,” Il Mattino, March 22
Franco, Mario. “Martiel da Cuba all’Europa con il suo ‘Punto di fuga,’” La Repubblica, March 22

2012
Frency. “Incontinente,” Uprising: Caribbean and Contemporary Art, September
Llanio, Arlén. “Hombre, negro, cubano, performer… Martiel entre la espada y la pared,” Uprising: Caribbean and Contemporary Art, January
Llópiz, Julio César. “Mármol negro,” Uprising: Caribbean and Contemporary Art, January

2009
van Nieuwenhuyzen, Martijn. “10th Havana Biennial: Integration and Resistance in the Global Era,” Flash Art International, July/September, p 28

Awards and Residencies

2015
Artist in Residence, BHQFU, New York

2014
Artist in Residence, Immigrant Movement International, New York
Artist in Residence, Cannonball Residence, Miami
Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation Award
Cannonball Residency, Miami

2013
Prize “Arte Laguna”, Venice

2012
Award “Close Up Vallarta”, Jalisco, Mexico
Short Term Residence, The Multinational, Quito, Ecuador

2009
Parties Prenantes, Betansalon, Paris