Emanuel Martínez
My art work has a spiritual kinship with what has been called the art of the Mexican Renaissance, an art movement that emphasized pre-Hispanic traditions as the essence of Mexican art and culture. Pre-Hispanic art is still considered the natural and most vital source of inspiration to many mestizo (offspring of Spanish and Indian) artists. European influences are very evident in the art of the mestizo, but it must be remembered that European styles owe a lot to third-world indigenous art forms.

As a mestizo artist I strive for a mestizo vision, a factor that legitimizes me and my place in art. An art that functions in conformity with the roots of the artist expresses something of value to all of us. Michelangelo remained always Italian; Rodin, French; and Picasso, Spanish. But we learn from their visions and their summits, summits that are of the Universal Culture.