Artworks by Martin Mazorra range from small letterpress books and 18" x 24" posters to large woodcuts printed on canvas banners. Carefully hewn images of sideshow performers, pugilists, mystics, superhuman thugs, and day laborers comprise his visual lexicon, speaking to his roots in the South, his family, ordinary and not-so-ordinary humanity, and popular culture at large.
Mazorra teaches at Pratt Institute and Parson’s School of Design in New York City, where for the last six years he has served as the printmaking department coordinator. In 2000, he co-founded a fine art publishing company, Cannonball Press, with friend Mike Houston. Cannonball Press’s mission is to produce affordable, black-and-white prints by young artists who otherwise do not have a venue for their work, and to make them available online. Mazorra is the recipient of a 2007 NYFA Fellowship in Printmaking, Drawing and Artist Books, and a 2009 United States Artists Ford Foundation Fellow. He lives with his wife and daughter in Brooklyn, New York.
Sponsored by the Fine Arts Department and the Alice Fjelstul '96 Visiting Artist Fund