Xavier Martinez Biography

Xavier Martinez




Xavier Martinez, painter, etcher, lecturer, writer and teacher, was born in Guadalajara, Mexico on February 7, 1869. He moved to San Francisco in 1893 and was soon enrolled in the Mark Hopkins School of Design where he studied with Arthur Matthews. During his second year, he was awarded a scholarship for further studies in Paris at the Ecole des Beaux-Art with Gerome and the Academie Carriere.

Martinez retuned to San Francisco in 1901, established his studio, and joined the San Francisco Sketch Club, Bohemian Club and the San Francisco Art Association. The fire, which followed the 1906 earthquake, destroyed his studio and he lost all of his work. Shortly thereafter he moved to Piedmont and he taught in Oakland at the California School of Arts and Crafts between 1909 and 1942.

Martinez exhibited with the San Francisco Art Association, Paris Exposition, Panama Pacific Exposition, Oakland Museum, Del Monte Gallery, San Francisco Museum Inaugural and the California Pacific Exposition. He co-founded the Del Monte Art Gallery in Monterey which was devoted to California artists. His work is represented in the M.H. de Young Memorial Museum, Oakland Museum, Bohemian Club and the Guadalajara Art Museum.

Xavier Martinez died in San Francisco, CA on January 13, 1943.