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America, b.1953

Donald Martiny is interested in allowing gesture to escape from the traditional rectangular support and realize its potential in relation to architectural space. Each piece encourages a dialogue between the viewer, the work, and the space contained within.

Donald Martiny was born in Schenectady, NY in 1953 and currently lives and works in Chapel Hill, North
Carolina. He studied at the School of the Visual Arts, The Art Students League in New York, New York
University and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Museum exhibitions include the FWMoA, Courtauld
Institute of Art, Alden B Dow Museum of Art, Falmouth Museum, and the Cameron Art Museum. In 2015
Martiny received a commission from the Durst Organization to create two monumental paintings that are
permanently installed in the lobby of One World Trade Center in New York City. In 2015 Martiny received
the Sam & Adele Golden Foundation for the Arts Residency Grant and his work has been featured in the
Huffington Post, NPR, Philadelphia Inquirer, VOGUE LIVING | Australia, New American Paintings | South
and Woven Tale Press. Martiny’s work is represented by galleries in Europe, the US and Australia and is
collected internationally.

“Donald Martiny’s work forces us to question the established definitions which form the backbone of our
understanding of painting as both a pursuit and a product, and of paint as a medium. In challenging the
viewer in these ways, it is not only visually exciting but intellectually invigorating.”

-Professor Deborah Swallow, Märit Rausing Director, The Courtauld Institute of Art


1977-80       School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
1980-83       The Arts Students League, New York, NY
1988-90       New York University, New York, NY
2007-09       Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA



All Things Great and Small, Falmouth Art Museum, Cornwall, UK, Curated by Natalie Rigby
Donald Martiny | Paintings, Alden B. Dow Museum, Midland, MI, Curated by Charles A. Shepard III and Joslyn Elliot, Sponsored by the FWMoA


INTERACT: East Wing Biennial, The Courtauld Institute of Art, London, UK (With Bridget Riley, Julie Mehretu, and Felix Gonzalez Torres)
CAM | Contemporary Art Museum | Raleigh Sponsored by Citrix, Curated by Marjorie H. Hodges, Director, Contemporary Art Foundation
State of the Art | Art of the State, Cameron Art Museum, Curated by: Laura Hoptman, Museum of Modern Art, NY, Peter Eleey, MoMA PS1
Nora Burnett Abrams, MCA | Denver
Heidi Zuckerman Jacobson, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen
Donald Martiny: Freeing the Gesture, (Traveling exhibition)
Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IN



Freeing the Gesture, Historic City Hall, Lake Charles, LA
Art Karlsruhe – Rheinstetten with Galerie Klaus Braun, Germany


Overtones / Undercurrents, Horace Williams House, Preservation Chapel Hill, NC
Artea Gallery, Milan, Italy
Donald Martiny, New Works, Diel Gallery, Jackson, WY
Sponder Gallery at Art Market San Francisco
Mariam Diehl Gallery, Jackson, WY | July – August
Pentimenti Gallery at Volta, New York, NY | March
NIOBasement, Rotterdam, NL
Pittura A Macchia, Madison Gallery, La Jolla, CA


Après Ski and Art, Diehl Gallery, Jackson, WY
Falmouth Art Gallery, Cornwall, UK
Moving Paint, Galleri Urbane, Dallas, TX
Galerie Klaus Braun, Stuttgart, DE
Donald Martiny Paintings, Freeing The Gesture, Alden B Dow Museum of Art and Science,
Midland, MI
Made In Paint, Golden, New Berlin, NY
Donald Martiny, Pentimenti Gallery, Philadelphia, PA


Donald Martiny | Gestures, University of North Carolina | John and June Allcott Gallery, Curated by Elin O’Hara Slavic, director of graduate studies at UNC
Donald Martiny | Gestures, Madison Gallery, La Jolla, CA


Donald Martiny: Freeing the Gesture, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IN
Donald Martiny Paintings and Works on Paper, Curated by Janusz Jaworski, Courtesy of the Durst Organization.
Condé Nast Atrium, New York, NY
George Lawson Gallery, San Francisco, CA


Galleri Urbane Marfa+Dallas, Dallas, TX
George Lawson Gallery, Los Angeles, CA


Carrack Modern Art, Durham, NC


POST Herman Street Studios, Philadelphia, PA


Donald Martiny: Prototypes and Studies,High Point Gallery, Philadelphia, PA



Celia Johnson, Donald Martiny, ArtSpace, Raleigh, NC | September
Celia Johnson, Donald Martiny, Fred Giampietro Gallery, New Haven, CT | April


Great & Small: A Holiday Miniature SHow, Diehl Gallery, Jackson, WY
IT’S ALL ABOUT THE HUE, Curated by Edie Carpenter, director GreenHill Center for NC Art
GreenHill Center for NC Art, Greensboro, NC


Pino Pinelli, Donald Martiny, Bram Bogart, ArtA Gallery, Milan, Italy
Is it…Monochrome, Colorfield, or Object?, Gallery Sonja Roesch, Houston, TX


INTERACT: East Wing Biennial, The Courtauld Institute of Art, London, UK (With Bridget Riley, Julie Mehretu, and Felix Gonzalez Torres)
State of the Art | Art of the State, Cameron Art Museum, Wilmington, NC


Complementary Colors, Pentimenti Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, (with Clint Jukkala, Peter Combe, Alexix Grawell)
China Art Projects, Conny Dietzschold Gallery, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, China
7 x FARBE PUR | Monochrome Malerei , Galerie Klaus Braun, Stuttgart, Germany (with Beatriz Barral, Christiane Conrad, matthias Lutzeyer, Pino Pinelli, Barbara Uetrecht)
25 Years: Conny Dietzschold Gallery, Conny Dietzschold Gallery, Cologne, Germany
Two Artists: Donald Martiny and Sherna Teperson, Conny Dietzschold Gallery, Sidney, Australia


International Art Biennale non-objective, Curated by Roland Orépük, Pont de Claix, France
Fundaments, Galerie Concret, Paris France, (With Alain Biltereyst, Louise Blyton)
Ice Water, Flyswatter: Abstract Painting on Holiday in the Philadelphia Summer, Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Philadelphia, PA, Curated by Douglas Witmer
George Lawson Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Dallas Art Fair, Galleri Urbane, Marfa+Dallas, Dallas, TX
Raleigh Fine Arts Society’s North Carolina Artists Exhibition, Curated by Bill Dunlapm, Raleigh Fine Arts Society, Raleigh, NC
Unfettered, Curated by Katharine Adkins, Assistnt Curator of Exhibitions, The Nasher Museum of Art
Visual Art Exchange Gallery, Raleigh, NC
Open Source, Curated by Elysia Borowy-Reeder, Executive director, Contemporary Art Museum, Raleigh
Visual Art Exchange Gallery, Raleigh, NC


Miami Aqua, George Lawson Gallery, Miami, FL
Painting to Sculpture, Curated by John Anderson, Associate Professor of Art, Marlboro Gallery, Prince George Community College, Largo, MD
This and That, Harris Warren Gallery, Wake Forest, NC


New Abstraction, Speakeasy Gallery, Boonton, NJ


One World Trade Ceter, New York, NY
Grahm Gund Family Foundation, Cambridge, MA
Patrick Duffy, Chairman, Las Vegas Art Museum, Las Vegas, NV
Erin Lawlor, Sainte-Marie de Re, France
City of Pont de Claix, France
John Hudson, New York, NY
Mae Gall, Basel, CH
C. Laville, Montreal, QC, Canada


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