Christopher Martin is a multidiscipline artist North Carolina exploring the African Diaspora. Driven by a desire to push southern history, Martin confronts aesthetic perceptions of contemporary injustice. Cotton fibers are the primary medium of storytelling in order to reclaim the roots of the Atlantic slave trade. Christopher’s hand cut and sewn monumental tapestry banners in contrasted black and white images tell a surreal story of religion, captivity, and freedom. He has been awarded the first ever Artist-In-Residence from the Museum of African Diaspora (MoAD AIR 2018), Inaugural Artist for ICA San Francisco Museum (2022), along with lectures both in the United States and Internationally.

Specializing in: Tapestry, Tattoos, Installation, Illustration, Graphic Design, Film Making, Sculptures, Music Production, Photography

EXHIBITIONS

 

▪ Out Of Step Out Of Line ▪ Long Beach Museum of Art ▪ Los Angeles, CA ▪ Summer, 2022

▪ Ancient As Time ▪ XO Seattle ▪ Seattle, WA ▪ Summer, 2022

▪ Ancient As Time ▪ ICA San Francisco Museum ▪ San Francisco, CA ▪ Winter, 2022 (Inaugural Solo Exhibition)

Watts On ▪ Swim Gallery ▪ San Francisco, CA ▪ Winter, 2021

▪ The Big Show ▪ Goodmother Gallery ▪ Oakland, CA ▪ Summer, 2021

Homeward Bound ▪ Hashimoto Contemporary ▪ San Francisco, CA ▪ Spring, 2021 (Solo Exhibition)

Bay Area visual artist Exhibition Production Relief Grant ▪ Ever Gold Projects + Internet Archive ▪ San Francisco, CA ▪ Spring, 2020

Here & Now ▪ Fort Wayne Museum of Art ▪ Fort Wayne, IN ▪ Spring, 2020

 

Elements of… ▪ Part 2 Gallery ▪ Oakland, CA ▪ Spring, 2020

 

The Moleskine Project IX ▪ POW! WOW! ▪ Honolulu, HI ▪ Winter, 2020

 

Secret Santa ▪ Guerrero Gallery ▪ San Francisco, CA ▪ Winter, 2020

 

Summer Friends ▪ Part 2 Gallery ▪ Oakland, CA ▪ Summer, 2019

 

To Whom It May Concern ▪ Tips On Failing Gallery ▪ Portland, OR ▪ Fall, 2019 (Solo Exhibition)

 

VooDoo By Night ▪ Little Lodge Gallery ▪ San Francisco, CA ▪ Spring, 2019 (Solo Exhibition)

 

Forever, A Moment: Meditations on Time and Space ▪ SOMArts Gallery ▪ San Francisco, CA ▪ Winter, 2018

 

Love Letters From a Run Away Slave ▪ Mise En Place Gallery ▪ Oakland, CA ▪ Winter, 2018

 

Vanguard Revisited: Poetic Politics & Black Futures ▪ Walter & McBean Gallery ▪ San Francisco, CA ▪ Winter, 2018

 

Juxtapozmag Clubhouse ▪ First Amendment Pop Up Gallery ▪ Miami, FL ▪ Fall, 2018

 

Reorienting The Images ▪ SOMArts Gallery ▪ San Francisco, CA ▪ Fall, 2018

 

Rouge Objects ▪ University College London ▪ London, UK ▪ Fall, 2018

 

Dark Was The Night ▪ First Amendment Gallery ▪ San Francisco, CA ▪ Fall, 2018 (Solo Exhibition)

 

Spoke Art 12x12 ▪ Vertical Gallery ▪ Chicago, IL ▪ Fall, 2018

 

FLUSH ▪ Swedish American Hall ▪ San Francisco, CA ▪ Summer, 2018 

 

Highly Personal Deeply Social ▪ SpaceworksNYC ▪ Brooklyn, NY ▪ Summer, 2018 

 

Vexillum ▪ The Holland Project Gallery ▪ Reno, NA ▪ Spring, 2018 

 

For The Culture ▪ Bayview Opera House ▪ San Francisco, CA ▪ Winter, 2018 

 

Heritage & Hate ▪ Naming Gallery ▪ Oakland, CA ▪ Winter, 2018 (Solo Exhibition) 

 

Sentimental Mood ▪ First Amendment Gallery ▪ San Francisco, CA ▪ Winter, 2018 

 

The Black Infinity ▪ No Place Gallery ▪ San Francisco, CA ▪ Winter, 2017 

 

Call for Beauty ▪ Root Division ▪ San Francisco, CA ▪ Winter, 2017 

 

Past, Present & Future ▪ Guerrero Gallery ▪ San Francisco, CA ▪ Winter, 2017 

 

Black & White ▪ 3rd Street Village Gallery ▪ San Francisco, CA ▪ Fall, 2017 

 

Past Presence ▪ Pro Arts Gallery ▪ Oakland, CA ▪ Fall, 2017 

 

Crop-Up ▪ 3rd Street Village Gallery ▪ San Francisco, CA ▪ Fall, 2017 

 

Gutter Rainbow ▪ Laughing Monk Brewery Project Space ▪ San Francisco

▪ Summer, 2017 

Finding My Freedom ▪ 3rd Street Village Gallery ▪ San Francisco, CA ▪ Summer, 2017 

Eudaimonia Naturae ▪ Roll Up Gallery ▪ San Francisco, CA ▪ Summer, 2017 

BRAND COLLABORATION

 

VANS "Off the Wall"

Cultural Ambassador ▪ 2021, 2022

Black History Month Shoe Design ▪ Winter, 2021

 

MURAL

 

Meta Open Arts (Facebook) ▪ Burlingame, CA ▪ Fall, 2021

Zipper Building ▪ Portland, OR ▪ Fall, 2021

Postmates ▪ San Francisco, CA ▪ Winter, 2020

 

Forest For The Trees ▪ Portland, OR ▪ Fall, 2019

 

1AM Gallery ▪ San Francisco, CA ▪  Fall, 2018

 

PUBLICATIONS

 

Frieze (online) ▪ 2022

The San Francisco Chronicle (online) ▪ 2021, 2022

7x7 (online) ▪ 2022

The New York Times (online) ▪ 2021

ARTFORUM (online) ▪ 2021

Juxtapoz Magazine (print+online) ▪ 2021, 2022

Esquire (online) ▪ 2021

Complex Magazine (online) ▪ 2021

Elle Magazine (online) ▪ 2021

Essence (online) ▪ 2021

 

Nylon Magazine (online) ▪ 2021

Paper Magazine (online) ▪ 2021

Hype Beast Magazine (online) ▪ 2021

Bazaar Magazine (online) ▪ 2021

Popsugar (online) ▪ 2021

Vice i-D (online) ▪ 2021

Flaunt (online) ▪ 2021

Hypebae (online) ▪ 2021

Office Magazine (online) ▪ 2021

KQED Documentary (online) ▪ 2019

 

illetante vol.4 (print) ▪ 2019

 

Allied Forces Press (print) ▪ 2019

 

illetante vol.2 (print) ▪ 2017

 

SF Weekly (online) ▪ 2015

 

VEUXDO (online) ▪ 2016

 

Hoodline (online) ▪ 2016

 

Black Mail Love Zine (print) ▪ 2016

 

LECTURE

University of Washington ▪ Seattle, WA ▪ Winter, 2022

University College London ▪ London, UK ▪ Fall, 2018

ARTIST IN RESIDENCY

 

MoAD AIR ▪ Museum of African Diaspora ▪ San Francisco, CA ▪ Fall, 2018

 

SFMoMA Community in Residence ▪ San Francisco Museum of Modern Art ▪ San Francisco, CA ▪ Summer, 2020