Living in Chicago, IL I’m a fine artist specializing in oil and painting. I have been formally trained at the American Academy of Art earning a BFA in oil painting in April 2017. At the Academy, I was educated in traditional media courses, heavily focusing on oil painting. I use this formal background to also focus on editorial illustration and mural work. While developing technical skills, I have been creating large scale paintings with the concept of found home and self-identity. My body of work is a blend of representation and abstract art. I was recently featured at the 2017 Fine Arts juried show at Bill L. Parks Gallery. Currently, I am painting still-lifes comprised of paper and contrasting them with figurative work. Each piece that progresses deals with moments of my life and of those around me in their contemporary with a biographical approach. As my art progresses, being the son of two immigrants from Mexico, it’s causing me to take a liberal stand due to the current involvement of the United States’ aggression towards immigrants.

Work Samples

  • Lala

  • Navigating My Family

  • Shelter

Work History

Jesus Martinez 7210 S. Avers Ave. Chicago,IL 773-526-1174 Education American Academy of Art Bachelors of Fine Art specializing in oil painting Expected graduation date: spring 2017 President’s list fall 2016 Freelance Private Art Instructor 10/9/2016 -Present -Teach students the fundamentals of art through still life drawing -Draw along side students to set an example and to demonstrate new media -Increase difficulty gradually upon each session Experience Dongfang Chinese Education Institute Chicago, IL Art Instructor 9/10/2016 - currently working -Created lesson plan geared towards children ages 6-12 -Encouraged growth and positive development utilizing different art medias -Develop creativity and inspire students to freely illustrate their ideas American Academy of Art Chicago, IL Peer Mentor for College Success Seminar 8/31/2016 - 12/14/2016 -Engage and and inform freshman class of what the Academy offers -Mentor and guide students through class lectures and presentation -Display personal and academic growth from freshman to senior year Bill L. Parks Gallery Chicago, IL Gallery Assistant 4/2016 - 12/14/ 2016 -Inspected each art piece prior to hanging -Restored and maintained gallery-space before and after each gallery showcase -Completed tasks within a tight deadline and notified the gallery curator of progress daily Village of Rosemont Summer Mural Internship Rosemont, IL Muralist 6/15/2016 - 8/17/ 2016 -Commissioned by the Village of Rosemont to paint two murals in the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center parking lot -Created master copies of the Mona Lisa and self portrait of Frida Kahlo in acrylic paint -Collaborated with head muralist Rahmaan Statik Barnes and twelve mural interns -Directed and designed narrative concepts for more than 30 mural panels along with two mural interns


  • American Academy of Art

    • Bachelors of Fine Art specializing oil painting



2014 Spring Semester Dean's List 2016 Spring Semester Dean's List 2016 Fall Semester President's List