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1926    Antonio Martí was born on July 25th into a middle class family in Barcelona, Spain.


1947 Martí entered the School of Massana in Barcelona to study fine arts. The emphasis of the school was on experimental art. There he could converse frequently with the famed Joan Miró who was one of his teachers. A companion student was the now renowned Catalan master of materials Antoni Tapiés.


1951   At this time abstract art was still not accepted in the Franco era. Martí decides to leave Spain and to emigrate to Cali, Colombia to stay and work there with his uncle Emilio Royo, who has a book distribution business and was the representative for the largest editorial houses of Spain in Colombia.


1953  Martí makes the decision to move to Bogotá following his entrepreneurial instinct and dedicates himself to his business of interior design by day and to his passion of painting at night. His shares the office building with the now renowned late Colombian master Enrique Grau.


1959   Leaving his business in safe hands of its managers Martí returns to Spain.


1960 There he finds, meets and falls in love with Montserrat Pont. They marry in Barcelona and travel to Bogotá. During the following years his sons Germán and Tony are born.


1961 Martí is presented to a recently arrived Enrique Sarazola, who later becomes Spain’s greatest financial tycoon and he helps him orient his new insurance business in Bogotá. They soon become friends. When Sarazola decides to relocate his business from Bogotá to Caracas he invites Martí to accompany him.


1963 Martí travels once again back to Spain where he meets an old friend, María Dalí, who at Port Ligat presents him to her cousin; the great master of the surreal Salvador Dalí.


1964 Moving his family back to Spain Martí and Montserrat decide to live in Tarrega close to Barcelona where shortly thereafter their only daughter Jackie is born.


1972 In this year Martí becomes a widower when his beloved Montserrat dies from breast cancer. Shortly thereafter Martí closes into himself and gives himself up completely to art in search of new formula of creation. It was at this moment in his life that he dedicates himself to large format abstract works. In this he is supported by his Peruvian friend and celebrated artist Armando Villegas. Martí´s life and work is then reported on and published in Colombia top newspaper El Tiempo. By the end of the year his friend and compatriot Catalan artist Miquel Villá, whose work was soon to be recognized in his home country of Spain also pays Martí a visit. At this time, Martí receives visits from the curator of the Museum of Modern Art of Bogotá, the known Cuban artist Galaor Carbonell, and the excellent and today revered Colombian artist David Manzur.


1973 It was in this year that Martí’s work was represented by the great art merchant and bookstore impresario Karl Bucholz and Martí,s work is exhibited in the Bucholz galleries in Colombia and Europe along with works by the likes of the Colombian master Fernando Botero and other great international artists. It was at this time Martí´s work was sent to all over the works but in particular to Europe. During this period everything went well and Bucholz´s sales allowed Martí to dedicate himself completely to the investigation and creation of his art. However, destiny is never so easily reached and in 1977 the art merchant Bucholz died and to Martí it appeared as if his path to success also died.


1977 Without the support of the great marchand Bucholz and with the responsibility of his three children, Martí heads for Miami where de decides to make a new start and there he is exposed for the first time to the American way of life. His work is included in various collective exhibitions in prestigious galleries such as that of Virginia Miller. From Miami he organizes participation in an exhibition in Mexico City, where he is invited to visit the recently opened mixography workshops and where he gets to see first hand the creation of the works of Rufino Tamayo who kept a small studio en the workshop. Shortly thereafter he goes to New York City where he is presented to the director of the Guggenheim Museum who offers him a grant and where he also meets Leo Castelli one of the world’s great artist managers, and who compares Martís work to that of the great Italian master of abstract Alberto Burri, and he invites Martí to take a workshop in Brooklyn´s famous 12th Street.


1979 Martí on returning to Colombia continues his abstract artwork, but soon he meets Nury Hernández and marries again. Deciding to make a great change in their lives they leave with his children for California in search of new opportunities.


1980 On arriving in Bakersfield, California they spend some time with family before moving on to Laguna Beach.


1981 Martí is invited to visit Sam Francis workshop in Santa Barbara and is impacted by the immensity of the work – a half dozen assistants are working on a canvas of over 30 metros occupying a space almost equivalent to an airplane hanger.


1982 Martí moves to Palm Springs and enters the jet-set of Hollywood, getting to know Zsa Zsa Gabor, Joan Collins, John Forsyth, Charlton Heston and Barbara y Frank Sinatra. And it was with the Sinatra’s that Martí conceived and took to fruition in 1985 and idea that would help their foundation – the first art auction involving Hollywood’s art community.


1989 Missing his friends and the Latin life, Martí and his wife return to Bogotá where he continues his investigations in materials and colors and the integration of the abstract with the figurative.


1991 In this year Martí decides to return to live and work in the USA and arrives at San Francisco. Shortly thereafter he is invited to Texas to participate in the 1st Hispanic Book Fair on this continent. His work wins him first prize and is selected to promote the second fair and it is printed as a poster. Once more Martí moves to Palm Springs and meets the great Mexican master Rufino Tamayo in what would be his last exhibition in the USA.


1992 After this last trip Martí decides to live in La Jolla en California where he meets and exhibits with Sylvestor Stallone (“Rocky”) in the Gallery Rezt of Madame Chirlot, Picasso´s ex-wife.


1997 Newly tired of the fast life of California, Martí returns to Bogotá where he continues to experiment in his “laboratory” or kitchen as he calls his workshop periodically traveling to Miami to continue his work.


2003 Participation in Art Miami and the beginning of a new stage of international representation.


2004 Martí is invited to present his work and his biography in a book created through the Spanish Cultural Center in Colombia and edited by Planeta. The book is dedicated to presenting the life and work of famous Spanish ex-patriots who are living in Colombia.


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