By Savannah Maher – WyomingPublicMedia.org – Photo: Savannah Maher.
Photo: Robert Martinez paints in his studio outside of Riverton, Wyoming.
Governor Mark Gordon honored five Wyoming artists with the 2019 Governor’s Arts Award, including visual artist and graphic designer Robert Martinez. Martinez is Northern Arapaho and Chicano, and grew up in a family of talented painters and beadworkers on the Wind River Reservation. He draws and paints portraits using bright, contrasting tones in a style intended to challenge the viewer’s assumptions of what Native people and Native art should look like.