America Martin’s Soul Gold: A Studio Visit with LA’s Painting Anthropologist

April 4, 2019

America Martin, the young Colombian-American artist known for her bold use of color and line in primitive, abstracted images of humans, is gaining recognition with growing momentum. With commanding forms that call to mind Picasso’s portraits and Basquiat’s energetic brushstrokes, collectors and enthusiasts alike are tuning in to her adoration of and devotion to the human form – strong and beautiful, but unidealized.

I visited Martin at her 10,000-square-foot former drapery manufacturing warehouse studio in Los Angeles to talk about her obsession with the female form, what it means to be a “painting anthropologist” and her determination to share her soul gold.

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