Long Beach Focus: Narsiso Martinez

Farmworkers Are Essential

Narsiso Martinez, Always Fresh, 2018, ink, gouache, charcoal, gold leaf and collage on reclaimed cardboard produce boxes.

Narsiso Martinez, The Brave 1 2020, charcoal and produce label collage on linen.

Narsiso Martinez, The Brave 2, 2020, charcoal and produce label collage on linen.

Narsiso Martinez, The Brave 3, 2020, charcoal and produce label collage on linen.

Narsiso Martinez, Super Fresh, ink, gouache, charcoal, and collage on reclaimed cardboard produce boxes.

Narsiso Martinez, With Care, ink, gouache, charcoal, and acrylic matte gel on reclaimed cardboard produce boxes.

Narsiso Martinez, Magic Harvest , 2019, ink, gouache, charcoal, and acrylic matte gel on reclaimed cardboard produce boxes.

Narsiso Martinez, Magic Harvest , 2019, ink, gouache, charcoal, and acrylic matte gel on reclaimed cardboard produce boxes.

Narsiso Martinez, Harvestors in the City, 2020, utility box at Pacific and 9th, Long Beach.

Images from artist in Mattawa, WA.

Images from artist in Mattawa, WA.

Narsiso Martinez

Narsiso Martinez’s drawings and mixed media installations include multi-figure compositions set amidst agricultural landscapes. Drawn from his own experience as a farmworker, Martinez’s work focuses on the people performing the labors necessary to fill produce sections and restaurant kitchens around the country.

Narsiso Martinez came to the United States from Mexico when he was 20 years old. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from California State University Long Beach and a Master of Fine Arts degree in drawing and painting from California State University Long Beach. Martinez lives and works in Long Beach, California.

Sanaz Alesafar

Sanaz Alesafar is a cultural strategist working within the intersection of art, culture, and film to promote narrative and social change. She is a graduate of University of California at Berkeley and received her MPA from L’Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris.