Jet Martinez’s Murals Add a Pop of Color to Their Surroundings

Most painters tend to stick to their canvas. But Mexican born, California-based artist, Jet Martinez, isn’t most painters. The full-time muralist and painter, covers huge surfaces with bright botanical scenes, that are inspired by Mexican folk.

“I honestly can’t remember a time when I didn’t draw or paint,” admitted the artist in an interview with The Design Kids San Francisco. “From an early age, I have made a connection between my art and my life. In my childhood I moved a lot. Drawing and painting were some of the main constants in my life. They were also a way for me to make connections with new people in new places. That has carried on throughout my life.”

According to Martinez, he originally went to University to study Spanish Literature. “In my third year of school I took a painting class and enjoyed it so much I decided to drop everything else,” he explained. “I dropped out of school and spent the next couple years building up a portfolio to go into art school. I moved to San Francisco in 1996 to go to the San Francisco Art Institute.”

From then on, his career sky rocketed. “The streets of San Francisco were a perfect place for me to get started on my career because I could tap right into my own artistic cultural heritage, while tapping into the newer forms of street painting that were and are still going on.”

Check out some of his striking murals in the gallery below.

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I had the real pleasure of spending a couple weeks in Cozumel, QR, Mexico with the @pangeaseed and @proyectopanorama crews and a grrrrip of lovely artists for the most recent edition of @seawalls_ . A lot goes into these projects and I’d really like to thank everyone from @pangeaseed and @proyectopanorama, operations, local artists who received us so warmly, restaurants that fed us, hotels that housed us, businesses that sponsored trips for us, So many people ….and most importantly for me, @okellyording. Thanks babe. . More info on the project 👇🏽 . . "Pérdida de Coral es Pérdida de Cultura" (Loss of Coral is Loss of Culture) by supporting ARTivist @jetmar1 (USA) for @pangeaseed Foundation latest edition of our international public art program, @seawalls_ Artists for Oceans in partnership with @proyectopanorama. . Location: Cozumel, Mexico | 20.4230° N, 86.9223° W . Swipe 👈🏽 to view process and detail photos. . Mural theme: Coral Reef Degradation, Bleaching, and Loss of Habitat. . Artist statement: Coral and Coral Reef ecosystems are currently suffering catastrophic losses caused by ocean acidification, human development and many other preventable and now, non-preventable causes. Coral reefs support far more than just underwater creatures. They also support local human and animal communities. As we saw in Cozumel, they also help create a vibrant economy through tourism. That economy, however, can have serious impacts on the Coral. . This mural features a bright floral pattern based on local embroidered shirt patterns. The floral pattern is a metaphor for local Cozumel culture. Directly below the floral pattern, is a stylized composition of bleakly colored coral forms, Sargassus seaweed, and a fish which once used to represent the island of Cozumel. All seems fine above the water line, but as the state of coral reef systems deteriorate, more and more local cultures will be affected and dramatically changed. . PC: @abovebelowphoto . Gracias to @mexicobienhecho for sponsoring all of our acrylic paint and materials for Sea Walls Cozumel. . #pangeaseed #seawalls #cozumel #seawallscozumel #protectwhatyoulove #ARTivism #paintforapurpose #proyectopanorama

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