Enrique Martínez Celaya
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Enrique Martinez Celaya was born in Palos, Cuba on June 9, 1964. He began his art training as apprentice to an academic painter at the age of eleven. In addition to painting, he published poetry, built a laser, and received prizes from the Department of Energy and the National Congress of Science. He has undergraduate and graduate degrees in Physics from Cornell University and the University of California, Berkeley and before finishing his M.F.A. with honors at the University of California, Santa Barbara, he received recognition and patents for his work at Brookhaven National Laboratory and the Electronics Research Laboratory in Berkeley. He attended the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture in Maine with a fellowship and was a tenured professor at Pomona College and the Claremont Graduate University until his resignation in 2003. In 1998 Martinez Celaya received Los Angeles County Museum of Art's Art Here and Now Award, in 2001 the Hirsch Grant, in 2002 the Rosa Blanca Award from the Cuban Community and in 2004 the J. Paul Getty Trust Fund Award.