Cuban artist born in 1989. He currently works and lives in Havana and New York. Graduated from the National Academy of Fine Arts San Alejandro (Havana), between 2008-2010 Martiel studied at the Cátedra Arte de Conducta, directed by the Cuban artist Tania Bruguera. A descendant of Haitian and Jamaican immigrants who emigrated to Holguín in the mid-1920s, Carlos Martiel was interested from a young age in questions related to his body, freedom in Cuba, the limits of what is permissible, the migratory experience, raciality, among others. He approaches these themes through performance as a means of empowerment.
His works have been included in the Biennial of the Americas (United States), Vancouver Biennial, Cuenca Biennial (Ecuador), 57th Venice Biennale, Casablanca Biennale, among others. He has presented performances at the Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), Museo de La Tertulia (Cali), Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), The Museum of Fine Arts Houston (MFAH), Museo de Arte Contemporáneo del Zulia (Venezuela), Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea (Milan), Robert Miller Gallery (New York) and Nitsch Museum (Naples). He has been awarded various awards, such as Franklin Furnace (2016), “CIFOS Grants & Commissions Program Award” (Miami, 2014), “Arte Laguna” (Venice, 2013). His work has been exhibited at the São Paulo Museum of Art (MASP), the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA), the Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum (Miami), the National Museum of Fine Arts in Havana, among others. His work is part of public and private collections, including: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York), Pérez Art Museum Miami (Miami) and Museu de Arte do Rio de Janeiro.