Martin Oppel (born in 1976 in Buenos Aires, Argentina) is an artist living and working in Miami, FL. He received a BFA in Painting from New World School of Art (University of Florida).
ABOUT THE WORK
Rooted in the avant-garde tradition, Oppel's artwork can be described to transcend clear definitions of practice and even function. Oscillating between media, the work seeks to assert the understanding of any object’s inherent ambiguity. Often with a sense of playful irony, proverbial themes such as art and design, representation and abstraction, and even nature and culture engage in an intermittent “crossfade” designed to open up forms to possibility.
He has had Solo Exhibitions at Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin in Paris, France, and The Journal Gallery in Brooklyn, New York. His work has also been shown in Group Exhibitions including the 2nd Athens Biennial; "Weather Reports" at the Ecole Regionale des Beaux Arts, Rouen, France; "The Station" Curated by Shamim Momin and Nate Lowman, Miami, FL; "Kabul 3000" at Galeria Zero, Milan, Italy; "Think Warm: Miami Draws for You" at Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan; "The Possibility of an Island" at the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, Florida; and "Miami in Transition" at Miami Art Museum, among others.
His work is included in permanent collections such as the Institute of Contemporary Art Miami, Perez Art Museum, Bernard Arnault Collection, De La Cruz Collection, Craig Robins Collection, George Lindemann Collection, Shelley Fox Aarons and Philip E. Aarons Collection, James Chanos Collection, and more.
He is twice recipient of the South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship for Visual and Media Artists (2004, 2011).
Oppel is founding member and director of the seminal Miami artist run exhibition spaces The House and Placemaker (with Bhakti Baxter, Tao Rey, and Daniel Arsham), which showcased more than 100 artists in the spaces history (2000-2005), receiving critical mentions in The New York Times, Art in America, and The Miami New Times, as well as participating in the prestigious Art Basel Miami Beach.
A persistent interest in the application of innovative concepts to areas beyond traditional mediums has also led to the development of creative organizations and products. He is co-founder (with partner Nektar De Stagni) of the first design and fashion concept store in the Miami Design District (2005-2011), as has led Product Development of the critically recognized (NYT, WSJ, Vogue) online based property NektarDeStagni.com, focused on the promotion of design through e-commerce.