Jet Martinez recently completed his largest mural yet on the side of the historic I. Magnin Building in Downtown Oakland. The one time department store is known for its unique green tiled facade. The building was recently renovated and converted into offices. Jet’s mural plays off the historic nature of the building, and works with the existing art deco style to make a valuable addition to the Downtown landmark.
Jet Martinez was born in Mexico, but now lives and works in Oakland. He studied at the San Francisco Art Institute and has been involved in countless projects there especially in the Mission District of the city. The floral patterns he has become increasingly known for are inspired by his Mexican heritage. The motifs come from Mexican folk art, Amante paintings, embroidery, pottery, and weaving. Jets paintings and murals have been shown extensively internationally in addition to his Bay Area presence. The project was completed with the building owners at HP Investors and Lake Merritt / Uptown Association BID. Stay tuned for more details on Jet’s upcoming solo exhibition at Athen B. Gallery in May 2017.
Revisit Jet Martinez x Athen B. Gallery Part One
The mural is located on 20th and Broadway in Downtown Oakland.
Mural Title: “There’s More to Green than Money”