Art of Juan P Martinez

Graphic Arts

My other passion is working with traditional media to create visual art.

My latest endeavor consists of printmaking using old techniques like the Intaglio process to create identical series of prints. The process involves "etching" the reverse of an image, much like a photograph, on to a plate made of Zinc. The process is very labor intensive and requires careful plannig of every etched line because once the plate goes in to a the acid bath, the image is permanent.

I was fascinated by the work of Francisco Goya which is usualy on display at the Chicago Institute of Art. What drew me in to his work is how daring he was in portraying and mocking the church in the 1500s. Back then people were executed for speaking up against the church.

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