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Enrique Martinez Celaya was born in Cuba in 1964 and immigrated to Madrid as a child. He received his B.S. in Applied Physics from Cornell University (1986) and went on to study Quantum Electronics at University of California at Berkeley (1986-1989). He attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine and received his M.F.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1994. Martinez Celaya's work is represented in a number of important public and private collections including the Whitney Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Oakland Museum of Art, and the Museum der Bildenden Künste in Leipzig, among others. Martinez Celaya received the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's "Art Here and Now Award" in 1998 and is the 2001 recipient of The Hirsch Grant. He has also received the Anderson Ranch National Artist Award, the California Community Foundation Fellowship, and the J. Paul Getty Trust Fund for the Visual Arts. Additionally, in 1998 he founded Whale and Star, a publishing house whose books are distributed internationally. He has written and edited books, papers and essays on the nature of art and its relationship to literature, science and philosophy. He currently lives and works in Delray Beach, Florida and Los Angeles, California.

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