GALLERI ANDERSSON/SANDSTRÖM

GALLERI ANDERSSON/SANDSTRÖM

Enrique Martinez Celaya in his Miami studio
Enrique Martínez Celaya in his Miami studio

Enrique Martínez Celaya's work takes on a multitude of forms ranging from austere gestures to mystical scenes brought to life through series of epic paintings, sculptures, photography, poetry and other writings, often presented in evocative and ambitious environments. Martínez Celaya has a strong intellectual approach to his work inspired by writers and philosophers Maurice Maeterlinck, Leo Tolstoy, Harry Martinson, Friedrich Nietzsche, Arthur Schopenhauer and many more.

Born in 1964 in Habana, shortly after the end of the Cuban Revolution, his family migrated to Spain and later Puerto Rico. In his youth he was passionate about science, and went on to study applied physics and pursue a Ph.D. in quantum electronics at the University of California-Berkeley. His focus soon turned towards art, which led to receiving a Master of Fine Arts at the University of California-Santa Barbara. His work as an artist continues to bear the influence of his scientific training in his rigorous methods and inexhaustible curiosity.

Martínez Celaya lives and works in Florida, with studio space in Miami, and he works on commissions and exhibitions all over the world. He is represented in 27 museum collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and the Museum der Bildenden Künste in Leipzig. In March, the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg will exhibit his first video, The Master. Additionally, he is a passionate teacher as well as a writer and editor in the fields of science and culture.



 

The art of Lars Nilsson is a double-edged sword. For long, it has been considered offensive and provocative; though always tickling the imagination, pushing its limits. Nilsson has introduced us to the cradle of male sexuality, through twisted connotations and explicit subject matter. His current work displays even more haunting and suggestive visions. Photographs and extensive backdrops enclose the viewer in scenic landscapes of multiple symbolical layers, with Jungian narratives about the shadowlands of the human psyche. These post-apocalyptic dreamscapes are posing questions about reality versus fantasy, and the forces of nature overcoming civilization – not too far from the elevated pursuit of the Romantics.


Lars Nilsson, born 1956, lives and works in Stockholm, but is active internationally. His artistic methods include painting, sculpture, video and spatial installations. Among his more extensive solo exhibitions, we find venues such as the X-Room at the National Gallery of Denmark in Copenhagen, Palais de Tokyo in Paris, and Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall in Stockholm. Exhibitions at PS1 Museum in New York, Moderna Museet in Stockholm and Palazzo delle Papessa in Sienna are also worth mentioning. Lars Nilsson is a fine arts professor and worked at the Malmö Art Academy during 1995 - 2006. On March 1st, Nilsson's first exhibition with Galleri Andersson/Sandström will be inaugurated in Umeå. It will mark the beginning of our artistic collaboration.