Seasoned visual artist Rodney Martinez mounts ’Then and Now’ at the Negros Museum

EXHIBIT. Negrense visual artist Rodney Martinez (center) with his guests of honor Mila Chui and Rebecca Martinez (l-r) at the opening of his solo art exhibition titled "Then and Now"  at The Negros Museum in Bacolod City last Aug. 26. [CONTRIBUTED PHOTO]
EXHIBIT. Negrense visual artist Rodney Martinez (center) with his guests of honor Mila Chui and Rebecca Martinez (l-r) at the opening of his solo art exhibition titled "Then and Now" at The Negros Museum in Bacolod City last Aug. 26. [CONTRIBUTED PHOTO]

Seasoned visual artist Rodney Martinez, Past President of the Art Association of Bacolod put up his art exhibit dubbed as "Then and Now" that showcases his old and new art masterpieces at the Negros Museum on Gatuslao Street, Bacolod City.

The art exhibited started on August 26 and will run until October 31.

Martinez was joined by his guests of honor Mila Chui and Rebecca Martinez at the opening of his solo art exhibition titled "Then and Now."

BACKGROUND

Rodney Martinez was born on 18 December 1939, in Pontevedra, Negros Occidental.

His mother was a teacher, and his father was an accountant.

He has three siblings, a sister, and two brothers. He is married to MaryJane Mapa, with whom he has three daughters and a son who is also an artist.

He spent his elementary years in his native town of Pontevedra, and his high school in lloilo City.

He studied commerce at the University of Negros Occidental Recoletos, shifted to Architecture, and then through the encouragement of a cousin, took up Bachelor of Fine Arts major in Advertising at the University of Sto. Tomas.

The artist taught in the LCC-Bacolod Fine Arts program from 1974 to 1990.

He has been a full-time artist ever since his retirement. He works in various media including oil, watercolor, pastels, and resin, as well as various media in

sculpture.

He is a founding member of the Art Association of Bacolod- the longest-running visual art organization on the Island- and served as President from 1980-81, and from 2016-2018. He is a recipient of various recognitions and awards including the LCC Bacolod Centennial Award (2019), the LCC-Bacolod Most Outstanding Teacher in the Field of Arts, the Bacolod City Banwahanon Award for Visual Art (2018), the Four Pillars of Art in Bacolod City, the Tala-an Pandangal Award by the UST Alumni Association Bacolod Chapter, as well as the LCC-Bacolod Artist of the year award in 1990.

At the age of 83, he still continues to inspire young artists through his body of works and through sharing his knowledge and experiences.

The artist Rodney Martinez has done more than 20 Solo Exhibitions in various areas of the country since 1980.

He has joined countless group exhibitions and has been one of the favorite artists of various art patrons. He continues to create art on a daily basis in his home studio in Bacolod City.*

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