Santiago Martínez Delgado

Painting, Visual Artist

1906 – 1954

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Who was Santiago Martínez Delgado?

Santiago Martínez Delgado was a Colombian painter, sculptor, art historian and writer. He established a reputation as a prominent muralist during the 1940s and is also known for his watercolors, oil paintings, illustrations and woodcarvings.

Martínez attended the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts under the tutelage of Ruth VanSickle Ford. In 1933, he was awarded the Logan Medal of the arts for his mural at the "Century of Progress" International Exhibition in Chicago. During these years in Chicago, he produced various illustrations for Esquire Magazine and participated in the Federal Art Project. Martínez was a disciple of Frank Lloyd Wright at Taliesin, where he began to experiment with the Art Deco style.

In Colombia, Martínez was awarded the gold medal in the 1940 Salón de Artistas Colombianos and was again awarded the top prize in 1941. In 1947, Martinez Delgado painted the mural at the Salón Elíptico in the Colombian Congress Building, considered one of the greatest murals of the 20th century. Martínez was then awarded La Orden De Boyaca. Martinez was at the top of the Latin-American fine-arts scene when he died at the age of 47.

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Born
1906
Bogotá
Religion
  • Catholicism
Ethnicity
  • Colombian people
Nationality
  • Colombia
Education
  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Lived in
  • Bogotá
Died
1954
Colombia

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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