A Portrait: Matthew Martelli
“To be a truly great artist, one must master all aspects of one’s craft,” says Matthew Martelli, self-taught artist of local renown throughout New England. “The learning process, he says, “must be a constant effort towards working to develop new and better concepts while always striving for perfection within the flow of creativity.” In his 30-year career, using a trial-and-error method of learning, Matthew has developed an artistic style that is truly his own.
Since he began oil painting, Matthew has received much recognition for his work. Matthew’s paintings have been selected by the Museum of Fine Arts Council in Boston for there Summer Party auction in June 2005,2006, 2007 and 2008 all sold with much interest for his latest series of paintings.
Matthew has won numerous awards in many art shows throughout the years, his most popular winnings being with the Audience vote. He was featured in Boston’s local news magazine television show, “Chronicle” in which his work for an outdoor mural was featured. He has also painted murals for many restaurants in the Boston area, as well as artwork for book covers, album inlays, and various illustrations for many types of commercial use. Matthew also stared in his own cable-access television show, “The Mad Artist”, where he teaches oil painting to aspiring
In the world of sports, Martelli is no stranger. His oil paintings of Tony Conigliaro of Red Sox legend and Cam Neely of the Boston Bruins hang in the New England Sports Museum, while other Red Sox favorites hang in Fenway park. He was commissioned by the New England Patriots to do a retirement portrait of New England Patriot Steve Grogan, in which lithographs were sold for a charity to benefit Cystic fibrosis.
For the past 5 years Matthew gets to show off his sculpting ability by competing in the Sand Sculpture contest held on Revere Beach, Ma., with sculptors form all over. It is by invitation only and he feels honored to sculpt amongst some the most amazing sand sculptors in the world.
At the moment, Martelli is exploring different themes and statements derived from a series of paintings dealing with black and white oils only sometimes adding color on top through glazing. This series is receiving much excitement and interest in the art world.
Martelli has also taken on commissioned work in the private sector, delving into realism, surrealism, abstract, sculpture relief, portraits, or whatever he’s commissioned to do. “I love the challenge”, says the ambitious artist.
“Who knows what direction this will lead me in”, says Martelli, with an easy laugh and an easier smile. “I just go with the flow.”