In his practice, Martins engages with a distinctive set of materials, techniques and subjects that reveal the dynamic tension between civilization and nature. Out of old, reclaimed wooden planks, which still preserve the memory of wild forest and the warmth of a dwelling, he assembles striking and enigmatic zoomorphic sculptures. Using acrylic and graphite pencil, he creates concise monochromatic compositions, wherein the traces of anthropocentric landscape dissolve into the “snowy” whiteness of unfilled background.
Martins considers all of his works in different media, including the ones produced for public spaces, as inherently connected parts of a single social and aesthetic project – a meditation on ecologic cataclysms, the ambivalent status of a human being in the system of organic life, regional identity and the unifying potential of art.

Forest Ghost, 2022, Public art installation in Yekaterinburg
Sunspots, 2020, Installation View
Sunspots, 2020, Installation View
The Garden Must Grow, 2016
The Garden Must Grow, 2016
Polar Explorers, 2018
Mental Firewood, 2017
Polar Explorers, 2017
Large-scale performance at the International Festival of Landscaped Objects 'Archstoyanie', 2017

 

EDUCATION  

The Free Workshops Contemporary Art School of the Moscow Museum of Modern Art

The Faculty of Painting of the Krasnoyarsk Art School

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2020
Sunspots, Fragment Gallery, Moscow, Russia

2018
Heat Forms, Fragment Gallery, Moscow, Russia

2017
Mental Firewood, Fragment Gallery, Moscow, Russia

2016
Garden Should Grow Up, Otdel Gallery, Krasnoyarsk, Russia

2015
Mental Firewood, Otdel Gallery, Krasnoyarsk, Russia

2010
Space Combat, Secach Gallery, Krasnoyarsk, Russia

2012
Rejected Reality, ARTPLAY, Moscow, Russia
Time to Change, Secach Gallery, Krasnoyarsk, Russia
Art-Session 2012, Museum Centre, Krasnoyarsk, Russia

2011
In Depth, 9th Krasnoyarsk Museum Biennale, Krasnoyarsk, Russia
Art-Session 2011, Museum Centre, Krasnoyarsk, Russia
First on Mars, National Centre for Contemporary Arts, Ural, Ekaterinburg, Russia
Art From the Machine, Nazarovo, Russia
World Of Siberia, Shushenskoye, Russia

2010
I am Responsible for His Father, Museum Centre, Krasnoyarsk, Russia
Art Search, Yakut Biennale of Young Art, Yakutsk, Russia
Red Carpet, Video Festival of Kansk, Kansk, Russia
The Beginning of the Way, Mix-Max, Krasnoyarsk, Russia
17. Seriosly, Museum Centre, Krasnoyarsk, Russia

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2021
Living Matter, New Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia

2019
The 12th Time Zone. A contemporary Art Report from Russia, Centre for Fine Arts BOZAR, Brussels, Belgium

2018
Big Country – Big Ideas, mobile exhibition on cities of Russia
The Work of the Future – art in Nikola-Lenivets, Peresvetov Pereulok Gallery, Moscow, Russia
Tragedy in the Corner, Museum of Moscow, Moscow, Russia

2017
Recycling Landscape, the Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia

2016
Artbat FEST, Almaty, Kazakhstan

2014
The Town Where You Can, KRYAKK 2014, Krasnoyarsk, Russia

2012
New Conditions, National Centre for Contemporary Arts, Ekaterinburg, Russia

 

FESTIVALS AND BIENNALE

2018
Contemporary art festival Territory.Krasnoyarsk, Krasnoyarsk, Russia

2017
The Main project of the 7th Moscow International Biennale of Contemporary Art. Curator: Yuko Hasegawa, New Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia
12th international festival of landscape objects Archstoyanie, Nikola-Lenivets, Russia

2015
The practice of touch, 11 Krasnoyarsk museum biennale, Krasnoyarsk, Russia

2014
Biennale of science art, Novosibirsk, Russia

2013
Love of space, 10 Krasnoyarsk museum biennale, Krasnoyarsk, Russia
May!, Festival of Contemporary Art, Krasnodar, Russia

2012
Liquid Life. The special project of 3th Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, Moscow, Russia
Arhvarene, Architectural Festival, Krasnoyarsk, Russia

 

RESIDENCIES & AWARDS

2017
The winner of the annual Ruinart Art Patronat Award Contest in the field of Contemporary art
Archstoyanie’s grant for the implementation of the project Being Together, Russia

2015
Kandinsky award. Nominee Young Artist

 

PERMANENT COLLECTIONS

The Tretyakov Gallery
The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts
The Moscow Museum of Modern Art

Fragment participates in Сosmoscow 2020
September 10, 2020
Black Cloud installation by Alexey Martins is now in the Bozar centre in Brussels
July 9, 2019
Alexey Martins participates in the exhibition in Brussels
June 19, 2019
Alexey Martins' site-specific installation at Cosmoscow art fair
September 11, 2018
Fragment participates in Cosmoscow 2018
September 7, 2018
Several works by our gallery’s artists — Alexey Martins and Ilya Fedotov-Fedorov — included in the collection of the State Tretyakov Gallery.
September 3, 2018
Alexey Martins' work from the Polar Explorers series sold for €8500 at Off White auction
June 10, 2018
Alexey Martins' new sculpture at Muzeon Park of Arts
January 19, 2018
Alexey Martins gave an interview to Izvestia newspaper
January 5, 2018
Alexey Martins wins Ruinart Art Patronat Grant 2017
December 12, 2017
International open call for artists
August 1, 2017
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