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"21/VEINTIUNO"

Ender Martos

VIRTUAL EXHIBITION OPENS FEBRUARY 1ST, 2021!

Ender Martos, an award winning Texan Venezuelan artist based in Austin, plans to jumpstart the long awaited 2021 with a cultural head rush. The visual artist will debut “21 (Veintiuno)'', a virtual exhibition of his celebrated optic art, along with his personal reflections on the theme of “diversity within diversity".

Ender Martos is a quickly rising artist who has drawn comparisons with kinetic art masters such as Jesus Soto and Carlos Cruz-Diez. Ender mixes different media to create wall sculptures and massive installations that involve the viewer in sensorial experiences of movement and color. Ender’s work has been very well received by art collectors from many cities of the US and Mexico, including Miami, Chicago, Austin, Houston, Fort Worth and Mexico City. Ender is known for using intricate geometrical patterns and carefully placed color arrangements to celebrate the strength and beauty of cultural diversity.

“21/Veintiuno” (“twenty-one” in Spanish) will be debuted online on February 1st, 2021. The virtual exhibition will have multiple digital photographs of Ender’s work arranged in three thematic periods of 21 years, each one representing the artist’s past, present and future. The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center of Austin presents this special exhibition as part of their Award-Winning Artists solo exhibits, which has gone virtual since March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Smithsonian Learning Lab platform will be used to present Ender’s work, which the ESB-MACC will share throughout multiple channels.

“I am honored to be a recipient of the 2019 Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center Award of Excellence and given the opportunity to create this unique virtual exhibition,” said artist Ender Martos, “I believe the virtual environment actually provides a nice opportunity for a wider range of people to enjoy the work and reflect on my personal take on diversity, a crucial concept that defines this next year and decades to come. 21 is a complex number, for many has lately become a symbol of hope after a particularly brutal year 2020.”

Graceful Celebration of Diversity

Outside the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center at 600 River St , Austin TX is a temporary installation of Ender's sculpture “Graceful Celebration of Diversity”

This vibrant sculptures measures 12’ diameter x 72" and is made from Powder Coated Steel & colored acrylic sheet.

The sculpture was created by Martos with TEMPO in 2019, a program by the City of Austin’s Art in Public Places.

"Graceful Celebration of Diversity is a 3D installation that I produced for the prestigious TEMPO art program of the city of Austin. It comprises 8 (eight) color metal cylinders that are arranged in a circle formation, providing an interactive optic art experience to those walking around the piece or going through it. The different colors of the sculpture represent diversity, while its eight cylinders symbolize prosperity; the piece is a celebration of the intrinsic relationship between these two fundamental ideas: diversity and prosperity." - Ender Martos, January 2021

* Please note that while the MACC building is currently closed to the public, the sculpture is located on the MACC grounds which remain open to the public, so it can be appreciated by walking by on the Lady Bird hike & bike trail.

Award Winning Artist Ender Martos is best known for creating impactful sensory experiences that include optical movement and engage viewers with the boundary and curiosity of human perception. Martos specializes in creating colorful three-dimensional installations to stimulate light-sensitive experiences of optical movement that shift the viewer's perception with every step. Ender Martos’ earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from The University of Texas at Austin in 2008 and is currently represented by Carneal Simmons Contemporary Art Gallery in Dallas, TX and Artspace111 in Fort Worth, TX. He has exhibited in multiple galleries and shows in Chicago, IL, Mexico City & Monterrey, Mexico, Miami, FL, Houston, TX, Marfa, TX, Georgetown, TX and Austin, TX since 2004. His art installations have been commissioned by multiple transnational corporations such as Facebook, he was a regional finalist in the Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series in SCOPE, Miami FL, and he was a recipient of the 2019 Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center Award of Excellence, Austin, TX.