No Martins’ (b. 1987 in São Paulo, Brazil) large scale paintings investigate the daily interpersonal relationships of Afro-Brazilians in urban daily life. The work problematizes issues of territorialism, access, racism, mortality and incarceration of the Brazilian Black population. The artist uses painting, performance, and objects to provoke viewers by exposing the steep differences based on gender, race, and social class that dictate life and death in the contemporary Brazilian society.
Among the collective exhibitions he participated in are the 21a Bienal de Arte Contemporânea Sesc_VIDEOBRASIL in São Paulo, “PretAtidude” at Sesc Santos, and “What is not forrest is political prison”, at Reocupa Gallery in São Paulo, all in 2019 and “Afro-Atlantic Histories” at the São Paulo Museum of Art (MASP) and Tomie Ohtake Institute (ITO) in 2018.
In 2019, Martins also had three individual shows, “Mine Field” in Baró Gallery, “Everything Under Control” at the São Paulo Cultural Center (CCSP), “To those who have gone, to those here and to those who will come” at the Pretos Novos Institute in Rio de Janeiro, the AIR Program residency in Luanda, Angola, and won the Sesc Contemporary Art Award.