Lilian Martinez -

Lilian Martinez

I am inspired by the internet, transcendent experiences, snacks, cool / nice people, and both tropical and desert landscapes.

Originally trained as a photographer, Martinez never felt the medium met her desire to control perspective, scale and light. Once she transitioned to painting, she found that an image could be whatever she wanted it to be, and began to create dreamlike scenes that celebrate comfort, beauty and humor via vibrant colors, uncomplicated forms, and easily recognizable subject matter.

Martinez’ work embraces flatness and simplicity. Her painterly eye reduces a scene down to a critical selection of subjects, and then reduces those subjects down to their most basic forms, lines and colors. Pulling imagery from pop-culture, art history, and nature, Martinez’ content is typically an amalgamation of easily recognizable symbols—Bart Simpson’s head floats alongside a figure that is reminiscent of a Matisse dancer, a Nike “swoosh” is situated alongside a series of decorative objects such as flowers, leaves or fruits. And when Martinez paints people they are almost always looking extremely relaxed, lounging comfortably, or engaged in a leisure activity. Usually the works have descriptive titles like, When you are sad but you still want to have fun, Her Shoulder is a Mountain, or Drake Eating a Salad. As the titles imply, the works are loosely narrative, but always feel a little chimerical, like something out of a dream.

Bold and colorful Martinez’ work is driven by intent, reconciling memory, reality and dreams into uncomplicated scenes that are a little bit surreal and a little bit funny. The work indulges color and mood, and is direct while maintaining a vibe that is charmingly nonchalant.

2009 The School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA


Mystery, Feelings, Internet, Ochi Projects, Los Angeles, CA
Figure as Form, ltd los angeles, Los Angeles, CA
Fresh StART, Santa Monica Art Studios, Los Angeles, CA
WOOF, Carlos Queso, Los Angeles, CA
Girls Who Dance in Dissonance, Wayside Gallery, Los Angeles, CA


Macaroni Family, Ochi Projects, Los Angeles, CA

Lilian Martinez is an intuitive artist who jumps between mediums, colors and subject matter, but always infuses her work with wit, humor, and ties to desert and tropical landscapes. Lilian works as a solo artist alongside running BFGF, an art brand that focuses on making “accessible pieces for the home and body”.