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Santiago Martinez Delgado

Santiago Martinez Delgado (1906 - 1954) 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.

Martinez attended the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts under the tutelage of Ruth VanSickle Ford."VanSickle papers" The Papers of RVF at the Smithsonian Institution. Smithsonian Magazine. Fall/Winter 1980, p. 239, 322, 344 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.. Martinez was a disciple of Frank Lloyd Wright at Taliesin, where he began to experiment with the Art Deco style."Santiago Martinez Delgado el Humanista el Colombiano" Seguros Bolivar1974, p. 29,30

In Colombia, Martinez was awarded the gold medal in the 1940 Salon de Artistas Colombianos and was again awarded the top prize in 1941. In 1947, Martinez Delgado painted the mural at the Salon Eliptico in the Colombian Congress Building, considered one of the greatest murals of the XX Century. Martinez was then awarded La Orden De Boyaca (Colombias highest government honor). Martinez was at the top of the Latin-American fine-arts scene when he died at the age of 47.

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Online Gallery of Master Martinez

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Info from Luis Angel Arango Library

Website about Colombian Artists

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