Carlos Martiel (La Havana, 1989) uses his body to convey a clear message of social and political denunciation. Through a series of crude and provocative actions, Martiel directly addresses the viewers, thus, trying to touch their depths by straightforwardly confronting them with devices of suffering and deprivation.
Carlos Martiel lives and works between New York and LaHavana. He graduated in 2009 from the National Academy of Fine Arts “San Alejandro”, La Havana. Between the years 2008-2010, he studied in the Cátedra Arte de Conducta directed by the artist Tania Bruguera. Martiel’s works have been included in events such as the 57th Venice Biennale, Venice,; Casablanca Biennale, Casablanca; Biennial “La Otra”, Bogotá; Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool; Pontevedra Biennial, Pontevedra; or La Havana Biennial, La Havana. He has had performances at museums and institutions such as the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; The Museum of Fine Arts Houston (MFAH), Houston; Museo de Arte Contemporáneo del Zulia (MACZUL), Maracaibo; Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea, Milan; Robert Miller Gallery, New York; or the Nitsch Museum, Naples. He has also received several awards including the Franklin Furnace Fund in New York, 2016; “CIFOS Grants & Commissions Program Award” in Miami, 2014; and “Arte Laguna” in Venice, 2013.