Written by Allison Lacono
On Monday, September 29th at the Seminole Campus of St. Petersburg College, the gifted Colombian artist Nestor Martinez came to the college to speak about his paintings on exhibit in the UP Building Artway in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month. Dr. Barbara Hubbard, Interim Chair of Humanities, organized the event.
Osiris Albrecht, Professor of Spanish, translated for Nestor as he shared his thoughts and stories about each of his paintings. Nestor Martinez grew up in Bogotá, Colombia. His career path as an artist began in 1966 and he has continued to pursue in that field ever since. I was honored to be there to understand the inspiration behind his beautiful paintings. His paintings are vibrant, full of life, and meaningful; in fact Nestor states: “I title all of paintings, otherwise they would be devoid of meaning to me.” One of my favorite paintings from his display is titled Looking the Bay; his use of vibrant colors and his unique perspective is extraordinary throughout all of his work. Nestor’s inspirational display at the Seminole Campus is open to the public until November 2nd.