Enrique Martínez Celaya is an artist and author who during the early part of his career also worked as a scientist. His work has been exhibited and collected by major institutions around the world, and he is the author of books and papers in art, poetry, philosophy, and physics. He is the first person to hold the position of Provost Professor of Humanities and Arts at the University of Southern California and he is a Montgomery Fellow at Dartmouth College.

He has created projects and exhibitions for the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, The Phillips Collection, Washington, and the Museum der bildenden Künste Leipzig, among others, as well as for institutions outside of the art world, including the Berliner Philharmonie in Berlin, Germany, the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in New York, and the Dorotheenstadt Cemetery in Berlin. Work by the artist is held in public collections internationally, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Museum der bildenden Künste Leipzig, Germany, and the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford. His recognition and awards include the Roth Family Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Dartmouth College, the National Artist Award from the Anderson Ranch Arts Center, and the Young Talent Award from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. His work has been the subject of several monographic publications including Enrique Martínez Celaya, 1992-2000 published by Wienand Verlag (Köln), Enrique Martínez Celaya: Working Methods published by Ediciones Polígrafa (Barcelona), and most recently Martínez Celaya, Work and Documents 1990-2015 published by Radius Books (Santa Fe). He is the author of On Art and Mindfulness: Notes from the Anderson Ranch, published by Whale & Star Press (Los Angeles) in collaboration with the Anderson Ranch Arts Center; Collected Writings and Interviews 1990-2010 and The Nebraska Lectures, both published by the University of Nebraska Press (Lincoln); October, published by Cinubia (Amsterdam); as well as the artist book Guide, which was later serialized by the magazine Works & Conversations (2002).

Martínez Celaya was born in Cuba in 1964 and raised in Spain and Puerto Rico. He initiated his formal training as an apprentice to a painter at the age of 12 and developed what was to become an enduring interest in writing and philosophy in the thriving Puerto Rican cultural and political environment of the 1970s. In 1986 he received a Bachelor of Science in Applied Physics and a minor in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University, and in 1988 he received a Master of Science with a specialization in Quantum Electronics from the University of California, Berkeley where he was a Regents Fellow. While a graduate student, he conducted part of his research at Brookhaven National Laboratory and while there he painted the Long Island landscape. He published scientific papers on superconductivity and lasers, is the inventor of several patented laser devices, and completed all course work for his doctorate and a significant part of his dissertation before abandoning physics for art. In 1994, he attended the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, and in the same year he earned a MFA with the department's highest distinction from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was also a junior fellow at the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center. Martínez Celaya's previous academic appointments included a tenured faculty position at Pomona College and the Claremont Graduate University, the second Presidential Professorship in the history of the University of Nebraska, and the Cecil and Ida Green Honors Chair at Texas Christian University. He has offered lectures at venues around the world including the American Academy in Berlin and the Aspen Institute. Martínez Celaya has sponsored programs for children, provided scholarships for artists, and assisted schools in curricular development. In 1998, as an extension of his commitment to the education and formation of artists, Martínez Celaya founded Whale & Star Press, which publishes books on art, poetry, art practice, and critical theory, and whose titles can be found in bookstores, libraries, schools, universities, and museums throughout the world. He has also worked in collaboration with scientists, entrepreneurs, writers, musicians, and architects, including the Canadian rock-band, Cowboy Junkies, the poet and Nobel-Prize-winning chemist, Roald Hoffmann, and the novelist Mary Rakow.



* Other Writings by Enrique Martínez Celaya

Books

On Art and Mindfulness: Notes from the Anderson Ranch. (Los Angeles, California: Whale and Star Press), 2015. Text and illustrations by Enrique Martínez Celaya. 112 pages, 3 black and white photographs, 5 illustrations, Hardcover.

The Nebraska Lectures: 2007 – 2010. (Lincoln, Nebraska: University of Nebraska Press), 2010. Foreword by James B. Milliken, Text by Enrique Martínez Celaya. Signed, limited edition of 500, 68 pages, Hardcover.

Collected Writings & Interviews: 1990 – 2010. (Lincoln, Nebraska: University of Nebraska Press), 2010. Introduction by Klaus Ottmann, Foreword by James B. Milliken, Text by Enrique Martínez Celaya. 272 pages, Paperback.

The Blog: Bad Time for Poetry. (Delray Beach, Florida: Whale & Star Press), 2009. Text by Enrique Martínez Celaya. 159 pages, Softcover.

The Return of the Storks. (Berlin, Germany: Akira Ikeda Gallery), 2008. Text in English and German by Lorie Karnath and illustrated by Enrique Martínez Celaya. 32 pages, 12 illustrations, Hardcover.

Guide. (Los Angeles, California: Whale & Star Press in collaboration with Griffin Editions and Mark Hasencamp), 2002. Text and photographs by Enrique Martínez Celaya. Volume I, the text, 140 pages. Volume II, a suite of 10 original black and white photographs. Signed, limited edition of 60, Hardcover volumes and slipcase.

October. (Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Cinubia), 2001. Poetry and photographs by Enrique Martínez Celaya. 64 pages, 34 illustrations, Softcover.

Berlin. (Los Angeles, California: Stephen Cohen Gallery), 1999. Text by Stephen Cohen and Enrique Martínez Celaya. Poems by Enrique Martínez Celaya. 84 pages, 26 illustrations, Hardcover.


Essays & Statements

“Thank You for the Not-Art.” Beyond Kandinsky Symposium, sponsored by the School of Visual Arts (SVA), New York, New York, February 2011.

“Art and Museums.” Journal of Aesthetic Education, 41/2, Summer 2007: 17-21.

“Boy Raising His Arm.” Excerpt from a statement to curator Klaus Ottmann for the work, Boy Raising His Arm, for OPEN e v+a –a sense of place, March 30-June 24 in Limerick, Ireland, 2007.

“A Personal Note on Art and Compassion.” works + conversations, No. 14 (May 2007), 10 April 2007: 24-25.

“Introductions to Projects.” Martínez Celaya. Early Work (Delray Beach, Florida: Whale & Star Press), 2006.

“Shaping Language.” How I Learned English, ed. Tom Miller (Washington D.C.: National Geographic Society, 2007) August 2006: 111-114; “Conformar un lenguaje,” Como Aprendí Inglés, ed. Tom Miller (Washington D.C.: National Geographic Society, 2007) August 2006: 111-114.

“Schneebett.” Translated into German and published in a booklet for the presentation of Schneebett (2004), at the Berliner Philharmonie, Berlin, Germany, October 17, 2004-January 1, 2005, September 2004.

“Twelve Thoughts on the October Cycle.” Enrique Martínez Celaya: The October Cycle, 2000-2002. (Seattle, Washington: Marquand Books in association with Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery and Sculpture Garden, University of Nebraska in Lincoln, 2003), 2003: 81-83.

“Preface.” Selections from Charles Baudelaire, Les Fleurs du Mal, with the original etchings by Odilon Redon. (Venice, California: Whale & Star Press, 2001), 7 December 2000: 1-2.

“Notes to Anne Trueblood Brodzky.” Unbroken Poetry: The Work of Enrique Martínez Celaya. (Venice, California: Whale & Star Press, 1999), 1999: 21; 25; 32; 41.

Greenstein, M.A. “Why Hegel.” Enrique Martínez Celaya: Berlin, The Fragility of Nearness. (Venice, California: William Griffin Editions), 1998: 73-80.

“A Manifesto.” Black Paintings: Poems and Visual Works. (Santa Barbara, California: University Art Museum), May 1994.


Selected Lectures

Santa Fe University of Art and Design, “The Pearl and the Total Work of Art.” Sponspored by SITE Santa Fe in conjunction with the exhibition, The Pearl, 1 October 2013, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

University of Michigan, “The Tower of Snow: A Story of Process.” Sponsored by the UM Department of Art and Art History, 29 March 2013, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Anderson Ranch Arts Center, "The Tower of Snow: A Story of Process." Lecture presented in conjunction with the Featured Artist Lecture Series, 5 July 2012, Aspen, Colorado.

New York Studio School. Lecture presented in conjunction with the Featured Artist Lecture Series, 6 March 2011, New York, New York.

University of California Santa Barbara, “On Worth.” Sponsored by the UCSB Department of Art, 19 April 2011, Santa Barbara, California. A later version was presented at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Aspen, Colorado as part of the Featured Artists Lecture Series, 23 June 2011.

Phillip and Patricia Frost Art Museum. Lecture presented as part of Art Basel’s Official Annual Event, “Breakfast in the Park”, 5 December 2010, Miami, Florida.

School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Lecture cosponsored by the Department of Art History and the Department of Painting and Drawing, 29 October 2010, Chicago, Illinois. An earlier version was presented at the Museum of Biblical Art in New York in conjunction with the exhibition The Wanderer: Foreign Landscapes of Enrique Martínez Celaya, 4 November 2010.

Sheldon Museum of Art, “On Painting.” Lecture given in conjunction with Martínez Celaya’s appointment as Visiting Presidential Professor at the University of Nebraska, 21 April 2009, Lincoln, Nebraska. Published in Collected Writings and Interviews, 1990-2010: Enrique Martínez Celaya (Lincoln, Nebraska: University of Nebraska Press), 2010: 240-247.

Joslyn Art Museum, “The Prophet.” Lecture given in conjunction with Martínez Celaya’s appointment as Visiting Presidential Professor at the University of Nebraska, 2 October 2009, Omaha, Nebraska. Published in Collected Writings and Interviews, 1990-2010: Enrique Martínez Celaya (Lincoln, Nebraska: University of Nebraska Press), 2010: 231-239.

University of Nebraska-Omaha, “Art & the University.” Lecture given in conjunction with Martínez Celaya’s appointment as Visiting Presidential Professor at the University of Nebraska, 7 April 2009, Omaha, Nebraska.

Kaneko, “Systems, Time and Daybreak.” Lecture given in conjunction with Martínez Celaya’s appointment as Visiting Presidential Professor at the University of Nebraska, 7 October 2008, Omaha, Nebraska.

Sheldon Museum of Art, “Art and Museums.” Lecture given in conjunction with Martínez Celaya’s appointment as Visiting Presidential Professor at the University of Nebraska, 15 April 2008, Lincoln, Nebraska. Originally published as “The Parting of the Exemplary Museum,” works + conversations, 15 November, 2007: 34-35, 45; and as “Now What?” Journal of Aesthetic Education, Vol. 41 No. 2, Summer 2007: 17-21.

Sheldon Museum of Art, “Photography as Grief.” Lecture given in conjunction with Martínez Celaya’s appointment as Visiting Presidential Professor at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska. An earlier version was presented at the Miami Art Museum, 8 December 2006, Miami, Florida. Published as “Photography as Grief (Fragments)” artUS, 24/25 (Fall/Winter 2008): 68-71. Also published in Collected Writings and Interviews, 1990-2010: Enrique Martínez Celaya (Lincoln, Nebraska: University of Nebraska Press), 2010: 141-146.

UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History, “Art and Compassion.” Lecture presented in conjunction with the traveling exhibition The Missing Peace: Artists Consider the Dalai Lama, 2006. Published as “A Personal Note on Art and Compassion,” works + conversations, No. 14 (May 2007), 10 April 2007: 24-25.

Education Summit, Hope Center, “Idea Generation: Currency for the Knowledge Economy The Fuzzy Boundary: Science and Art.” 14 November 2005, Richmond, Virginia.

American Academy in Berlin, Berliner Philharmonie. Lecture co-sponsored by the Stiftung Berliner Philharmoniker, the Forum Zukunft Berlin, and the American Academy in Berlin, 19 October 2004, Berlin, Germany.

Aspen Institute, “Poetry and Process.” Lecture presented in conjunction with the exhibition Poetry in Process at the CU Art Museum, Boulder, Colorado, 2004, Aspen, Colorado.

New York University, “New Work.” 2002, New York, New York.

University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, Artist Lecture. Lecture given in conjunction with Martínez Celaya’s appointment Distinguished Visiting Artist, September 2001, Honolulu, Hawai’i.

Orange County Museum of Art, 4 December 2001, Newport Beach, California. An earlier version was presented at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, Honolulu, Hawaii, 4 September 2001. Both lectures were given on the occasion of the traveling exhibition, Enrique Martínez Celaya: 1992-2000.