Artist Statement

Creating and problem solving are the largest part of a sculptor’s mental work. All metaphor is derived from personal context and the art object remains, in the ultimate sense, a symbol. I want to engage the audience with clear references so that the meaning and story behind the sculpture are relevant.

My work expresses my desire to understand why and how people do the work they do. My artwork is representational. I work in the figure because I believe it can permit immediate access to interpretation and connection. I am drawn to images of business and politics as I explore the human reaction to these forces. I want to capture the context of societal norms while portraying the inner dialog of an individual as I strive to share the humorous irony I see in our simultaneous connection and isolation.

–Martin Spei


Texas Contemporary 2019

Blue Rain Gallery Santa Fe, New Mexico 2014-Present
Tramoya Royale Solo Installation 2017

Dubuque Museum of Art 2019 Biennial

LA Art Show 2015-2019

SOFA Chicago 2015-2019

FORM Miami 2017

203 Fine Arts Taos, New Mexico
In Comparison – Further Evidence 2017

Amarillo Museum of Art Amarillo, Texas
Bienniel-600: Sculpture 2015

GX Gallery London, England 2015-2017

University of Wyoming Laramie, Wyoming
WCIAA Exhibitor 2014

CCC College Plano, Texas
FEastival Guest Artist 2014

Beasty Phil Space 2013 Santa Fe, New Mexico

Art Santa Fe Santa Fe, New Mexico
Artist Project 2013, 2014

203 Fine Art Taos, New Mexico 2013-2016

Alvorado Foundry Gallery Ciudad Juarez, Mexico 2011-2018

San Francisco Fine Art Fair 2011 San Francisco, California

Art & Design 20/21 Show Boston, Massachusetts

Tabreze 2011 Arkansas Art Center Little Rock, Arkansas

Trinidad Center for the Arts Trinidad, Colorado
Frenzy III Strange Animals 2010

Art Actually Miami, Florida
Royal Caribbean Guest Artist 2008-2010

Art Slant 2010 Santa Fe, New Mexico

Melissa Morgan Fine Art Palm Desert, California 2010-2011

Sculptural Ideas Fuller Lodge Art Center 2009 Los Alamos, New Mexico

Edgesposure 2009 The Edge Gallery Santa Fe, New Mexico

GF Contemporary Santa Fe, New Mexico 2009-2011

Lombard Contemporary Art Orlando, Florida 2009-2011

Graphite NOLA New Orleans, Louisiana 2008 – Present

ArtScapes 2009. Knoxville Museum Knoxville, Tennessee

Talking Heads 707 Gallery 2008 Santa Fe, New Mexico

Affordable Art Fair New York 2007 New York, New York

Martin Spei Intentional Grounding 2007 Millenia Fine Art Orlando, Florida

Millenia Fine Art Time Warner Center 2006 New York, New York

Lyon & Lyon Fine Art New Orleans, Louisiana 2005-2008
Working Man, Sculpture of Martin Spei, Installation

SOFA Chicago 2005 Chicago, Illinois

International Art and Design Fair 2005, 2006 New York, New York

Palm Beach 3 2005-2008 Palm Beach, Florida

Art Chicago 2005, 2006 Chicago, Illinois

Addison Parks Gallery Santa Fe, New Mexico 2004-2006
It Figures Group Show 2004

Glass Garage Gallery Los Angeles, California 2004-2005
Seventh Annual Art and Design Walk 2004

Cline Fine Art Scottsdale, Arizona
The Figure Group Show

Art Miami 2004, 2005 Miami, Florida

Taos Media Forum 2003 All Points Gallery Taos, New Mexico
Mixed Media, Mixed Messages Group Show

Galerie Mark Hachem Paris, France 2003-2005

Zaplin Lampert Gallery Santa Fe, New Mexico 2003-2004

Shidoni Foundry Tesuque, New Mexico
Outside the Box 2003 Group Show

Art in Public Places Award Purchase 2011 State of New Mexico

Vermont Studio Center Residency 1997 Johnson, Vermont

Annual Iron Pour 2008-2018
Mesalands Tucumcari, New Mexico

Annual Iron Gathering 2014-2010
Keen Foundry Invitational Houston, Texas

Iron Tribe 2014-2017
Highlands University Las Vegas, New Mexico

Annual Conference 2012-2016
Western Cast Iron Art Alliance

Corporate Collections

GraMedica, Macomb, Michigan

Perry & Associates, PC, Encino, California

BZMZ Interests, Ltd., Houston, Texas

Gluskin Sheff + Associates Inc., Toronto, Ontario

Memory Corp S.A., Bogata, Colombia

Feifel, Broadbent, Gareau and Gualazzi, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

AGT International, Zurich, Switzerland

AHG Group, Winter Park, Florida

Ritz Carlton, Denver, Colorado

Design in Motion, Coral Gables, Florida

Rykodisc, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Connextions, Inc., Orlando, Florida

Braeside Displays, Lake Bluff, Illinois

CED Companies, Maitland, Florida

Lauricella Land Company, LLC, New Orleans, Louisiana

Novak Construction, Chicago, Illinois

The Comex Group, Longtree, Colorado

Tigertail Events, Inc., Miami, Florida

PRI Project Development, New York, New York

Tawill Engineering, Inc., Orlando, Florida

Texas Pipeline and Supply Company, Houston, Texas

KODA Enterprises Group, Waltham, Massachusetts

YTech International, Miami, Florida


Photography: Daniel BarsottiCharles Fox, Ralph E. Starkweather, Photography and Video

Website: Avian Design