Adolfo Martinez Biography

Adolfo Martinez has works in Arrowhead Stadium, Saint Luke’s Hospital, the Nerman Museum, Kansas State University, and with private collectors throughout the region. He earned his BFA from Pan American University in Edinburg, Texas, and also studied at the Kansas City Art Institute.

Martinez is best known for his ''sofa-size'' paintings of living room sofas incorporating Mexican cultural motifs, two of which reside in the collection of the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art.

''I love them as a series,'' said Nerman Museum Director Bruce Hartman. ''He's endowed each with a very distinctive personality. There's great wit to them, and they're beautifully realized.''

Martinez habitually applies humor and an appreciation for pop culture to an investigation of personal and cultural identity, as exemplified in the ongoing sofa series, as well as recent works such as Pancho Villa Tortilla Apparition and What Would Zapata Do?