Red Threshold

Red Threshold, ink and watercolor, 19" x 17"

John Martinek's drawings, paintings, prints, and collages have been exhibited in numerous shows both nationally and internationally.  Creating art and traveling are important parts of Martinek's life and work.  From 1996 to 1999, he taught printmaking, drawing, and painting at Uludag University in Bursa, Turkey.  In 1995, he studied for a month at the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica di Venezia in Venice, Italy before embarking on a four month exploration of Europe, Morocco, and Turkey.  During this journey, he completed a large portfolio of ink and gouache landscape drawings.  In 1994, he traveled for a month in Africa, visiting Ghana, Burkina Faso, and Mali, recording his experiences in writing and photographic work.

During the daytime, he works as a cabinetmaker, finish carpenter, and furniture builder, and in the evening he paints and draws in his studio.  To see more work on the web, visit or

John Martinek was born in Metairie, Louisiana in 1968.  He received his BA in art from Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois in 1990.  In 1996, he received his MFA in Printmaking and Drawing from The University of Iowa.

text and image from The Chait Galleries Downtown

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