Knox Martin, Colombian/American (1923 -  )

1923  Born in Barranquilla, Colombia, South America.  Son of  William Knox Martin (aviator, painter, poet), the first man to fly over the Andes.

1946  - 1950  Studied at  The Art Students League of New York.

Taught at Yale Graduate School of the Arts, first as visiting critic in art, and then as Professor of Art.

Taught at New York University.  Named to "Who's Who in America."

Taught at the University of Minnesota.

Taught at the International School of Art in Umbria, Italy.

Presently gives master classes at the Art Students League of New York.

Knox Martin is the oldest son of Lieut. William Knox Martin, a Virginia-born early aviation pioneer and flyer, and his wife Isabel Vieco, who were married in the Canal Zone in Panama in 1921. After a career as an early test pilot, Knox Martin Sr. briefly became an artist and journalist in his wife's native country of Colombia, where he was well-known as the first man to fly over the Andes mountains. Martin Sr. returned to Virginia after several years and began flying again. Six years after his marriage Martin Sr. was fatally injured in an automobile accident in Watertown, New York. His widow Isabel relocated with her three young sons to New York City.

Knox Martin is best known for his repertory of signs and symbols that allude to nature and, in particular, to the female form. Flatly and freely painted in Pop colors, his works have often been executed on a grand scale, as in the outdoor wall painting, Woman with bicycle, at West Houston and MacDougal Streets in Manhattan. He mostly creates painting, sculpture and wall paintings using media such as acrylic, collage, fresco, ink drawing (Pen and Ink), Mixed-Media/Multi-Media and oil.
One of his wall paintings in New York City is the ten-story mural Venus. It is located on the south side of Bayview Correctional Facility at 19th Street and the West Side Highway.

Knox Martin's work is included in the collections of Whitney Museum of American Art, Museum of Modern Art, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Art Students League of New York, Brooklyn Museum of Art, National Academy of Design, National Arts Club, New York University, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, New York State Museum, Montclair Art Museum, Art Institute of Chicago, Baltimore Museum of Art, Berkeley Art Museum, Boca Raton Museum of Art, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Denver Art Museum, Heckscher Museum of Art, Ithaca Museum, Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art, Lowe Art Museum, Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Portland Art Museum, Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, Springfield Art Museum, Toledo Museum of Art, Weatherspoon Art Museum, Wellesley College, William Benton Museum of Art, Israel Museum and the Bibliothèque Nationale.

In 2002 Knox Martin was named to the National Academy of Design.

Knox Martin gives Master Classes at the Art Students League of New York. He taught at Yale Graduate School of Art, first as visiting critic in art, and then as Professor of Art. He also taught at New York University, the University of Minnesota, and the International School of Art in Umbria, Italy.

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