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Jet Martinez Mural

Tue, Apr 12, 8:00amSat, Oct 29, 5:00pm

Free
Start:
Tue, Apr 12, 8:00am
End:
Sat, Oct 29, 5:00pm
Venue:
Esplanade, Yerba Buena Gardens
Mission St. between 3rd & 4th Sts.
San Francisco, CA + Google Map
Phone:
(415) 543-1718
Cost:
Free

Yerba Buena Gardens Festival unveils a site-specific mural in Yerba Buena Gardens from Bay Area artist Jet Martinez to celebrate folk art forms from around the world and be the backdrop to many of the Festival’s over 100 events. 

The mural, Untitled, consists of four 6’ x 9’ panels made from acrylic on vinyl and can be viewed on the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival’s Esplanade Stage until the season’s end in October 2022. 

Jet Martinez climbing on a ladder on the YBG Festival Stone Stage, in front of the colorful stage mural

Jet Martinez’s works reinterprets Mexican folk art into a distinctive urban contemporary style that is manifested in both large-scale murals and fine art. Flat and graphic in manner, his use and application of color create vibrant, static imagery that celebrates life at its most ecstatic. Originally from Veracruz, Mexico, Jet is a graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute and  lives and works in Oakland and San Francisco, California, where he is currently the art director for the Clarion Alley Mural Project (CAMP) in the Mission District. Jet received his B.F.A in Painting and Printmaking from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2001 and studied Spanish Literature at the University of Colorado, Boulder. 

“This series was originally inspired by embroidery from the state of Oaxaca in Southern Mexico,” says Martinez. “However, living in the multinational and multicultural Bay Area, I have allowed other inspirations to inform this work including Chinese and Japanese embroidery, Indonesian wayang painting and Norwegian rosemaling painting.  The work is intended to create something that feels traditional and representative of many folk art forms from around the world.”

 

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