B. 1981, MANZANILLO, CUBA
Post-conceptual artist who subverts the function of discursive elements – books, fonts, texts, archives – in order to alter their meaning. His interests reside in “visuallytranscending the limits of language.” Yornel invites other artists to participate in the deconstruction and reconstruction of textual objects and their related environments. For example, for the 2014 Havana Biennial he collaborated with Damian Ortega and other artists in a project comprised of interventions in the bookstore Fayad Jamis, as well as featured “books as art” objects by contemporary Cuban artists.
Yornel Martínez belongs to a younger generation of artists who emerged in the mid 2000s. He has exhibited widely in Cuba, has been the recipient of various awards that include the Antonia Eiríz Prize for painting, and the United States.