Alberto Martinez was born in 1977 in a very small Cuban village, surrounded by sugar cane plantations. His ﬁrst foray into any art related activity was to draw the steam engines pulling trucks laden with cane, which ran 50 metres from his house.
With the help of family and friends, Alberto obtained a place at the Fine Arts Academy ‘Oscar Fernandez Morera’ in the city of... Trinidad, graduating in 1997. He was initially to study sculpture, but switched to painting when he started experimenting with oil on canvas. His knowledge of sculpture did however continue to inﬂuence his use of shape, spatial composition and overall style.
Following graduation Alberto had a number of exhibitions of his work in Cuba before he moved in 2005 to Brighton, England, where he continues to live and work.
His work starts with an initial idea which he tends to develop within the small hours when ‘rational thinking is asleep’. His surrealistic style is a blend of wit, imagination, hidden meaning and nuance, and his works explore the issues of modern man through landscapes and cityscapes littered with dream-like, surreal imagery. From very recognisable metropolises to intimate streets, he distorts reality in support of his painting’s fascinating narratives which reﬂect Alberto’s keen sense of history, and his understanding of political science and the changing nature of the global community.
Distinctive features of his recent works include the use of a warm colour palette, painstaking detail, humour, and a variety of intriguing elements that intertwine to challenge our conventional views of the world. Most of his work is held in private collections, and he has taken part in numerous exhibitions within Brighton.