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Studio Confessions is the brainchild of Luis Martin / The Art Engineer. The artist uses the podcast to share his firsthand experiences of being an emerging artist and sharing a POC’s POV. With over twenty years experience as an artist, curator and museum educator, Martín leverages his curiosity, ambition and pop psych wit to deliver biweekly conversations and monologues you’ll want to listen in on.
 
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Listen in to my conversation with San Francisco based artist Joel Hernandez. His masks are part of a rich Mexican tradition that he combines with pop-art. Through his paper mâché sculptures the artist creates a langue to talk about our social condition in relation to nature and politics. Joel also talks about two sculptures that will be on view at …
 
Listen in to this fireside chat about journeys and the unexpected shapes they can take. Soon, it will be a year since the pandemic changed the way we live and how we look at the world- how are you doing? In this episode I share some of my arsenal for survival, that has prompted me to thrive in the face of crisis. Reflect with me as I question how t…
 
Listen in as I invite Veronica Petty from Domingo Comms back to the studio to chat in Latinx! Veronica talks about how her current project has brought her closer to her roots. We share stories about our connection to music in Spanish and our varying degrees of dance capabilities. This is the pilot episode for conversation in Spanish- and it is unde…
 
Meet Veronica Petty, the founder of Domingo Comms. Listen in as she shares how creating an arts startup during quarantine was the perfect opportunity to offer joy to a captive audience. In our conversation we talk about her journey of learning and immersing herself in her latino roots through the art and artists she champions and works with. We asl…
 
I am back! Join me as I make my way to the mic. After my 100th episode I took a break and when I let go of momentum, I had to do some soul searching. I needed to question why I needed to go to mic? This scary in-between time, in the midst of the pandemic and a country perhaps starting to heal, has the power to let us, as individuals, know what real…
 
Its my 100th episode! Thank you for joining me on this adventure- if you’ve heard them all or even if this will be your first. I am glad you are here. Listen in to learn about the inspiration behind this podcast and what compelled me to start talking. I wholeheartedly believe we are connected as artists and creatives- reach out with faith knowing t…
 
Get your pencils ready and open your hearts! This episode touched my soul while giving me quite an education. Meet Andrew Xenios or Andy as I got to call him, a multidisciplinary artist with a store front studio in the Santa Lucia neighborhood of Merida. Andy talks about his career as an artist after serving in the military and picking up a few deg…
 
Dear Listener, join me and a few cups of wine as I sit with Esteban Covo, for what is officially “The Drunk Episode”. Meet Esteban who is co-founder of Magic Hammer, a CG animation studio in Merida and is also part of the Donia Way dynasty! Listen in as he talks about how his upbringing empowered his curiosity and confidence to explore, learn and l…
 
Meet Emanuel Toledo, a soft spoken culture powerhouse with a renewable energy engineering background. Listen in as we chat about his cultural and hospitality project La Casa Casa and how his father’s legacy enriches his mission. We look back at our short and well lived feasts with other artists and friends in Merida. Join the conversation and get t…
 
Come take a walk with me in Parque Santa Lucia, the heart and center of my Merida experience. Join me on the safest way to travel together, via an audio tour! I will share with you my favorite coffee spot, which will come as no surprise, but will be surrounded by opulence and history. Then we’ll go for books, food and meet new friendly and fascinat…
 
I am far enough from the states to see and feel that the last block in my life is to forgive the country I was born in, the one that has rejected me and brainwashed me to believe I am less than and inadequate in every way. Listen in as I share why I must forgive… why what ever happens next I will be lighting a proverbial cigarette from the fire in …
 
Join me as I relish in an unexpected encounter in Mexico. While my last episode was about creating bubbles of safe isolation, the Universe granted me a set of experiences here on my visit to my ancestral land of Merida, that has filled me with connection and legacy. Listen in as I share my story of meeting distant relatives and how this has filled …
 
I am reporting from Merida Mexico! We are still in the era of Covid and we move differently. Listen in as I share how differently the Mexican people are interacting with each other and tourists like me. I share my first key to traveling, only to then brake it and talk about how our environment shapes us. I also share my thoughts about living in a b…
 
Meet artist and recent art school graduate Selena Lozano. I’m so excited to have Selena in the studio, live in person, six feet apart but so close with GREAT sound for this no Skype episode. Selena talks about spiritual awakenings, pricing her work from a place of generosity and we cheese out on our mutual love for Avatar! We also talk about the la…
 
Get together! Do you know what a “Master Mind” is? This once occult practice which was appropriated by American self-help capitalism, is a great way to continuously build a community around your art career and practice. Master Mind groups are constructed spaces where you give and receive very specific advice, attention and build on what you and oth…
 
Meet Quinn Antonio Briceño, a Nicaraguan Irish American artist working in Saint Louis, Missouri. I got to speak with Quinn right before his first gallery solo show “Como Tu” at Houska Gallery. The artist’s work is a mix of hyper realism with a mix of exciting patterns and vivid colors influenced by Nicaragua and the Latinx diaspora. Listen in as Qu…
 
I am thrilled to chat with Arlene Dávila, Professor of Anthropology and American Studies at New York University. Her new book Latinx Art: Artists, Markets, and Politics wields her first hand experiences in the art world and leverages her tenured academic voice to bring together conversations that affect Latinx Artists across the country. Latinx pos…
 
There is a window of opportunity right now. We can create new ways of functioning and thriving as artists. Listen in as I talk about my first group show since covid and how different it all is. I talk about how the initiative of artists have created amazing opportunities for other artists and performers as in the back story of A Chorus Line and lik…
 
Listen in on this Spanglish gem of an episode with Chicago based artist Jaqui Almaguer . I haven’t laughed this much in a while. I literally get my Chicano card revoked and get a well rounded education on some Mexican and Chicano culture. The artist talks about growing up in Los Angeles and Chicago, and how Bob Ross and cholo culture influenced her…
 
Listen in as I get to chat with artist Francisco Donoso about his studio practice. The artist talks about how keeping a studio outside his home, gives him the opportunity to spread out, explore and forge a community in the South Bronx where his first studio is located. We talk about gentrification and the cycles of artist neighborhoods that often e…
 
Meet fellow Angelino, Wesly Thomas, an American musician in Medellin Colombia. It is so exciting to talk to a young talented artist with so much passion and fire in his soul, to create, share and make more art. Listen in to how Wesley landed in Medellin and his goals of learning the language, sharing his adventures and experiences with other Asian …
 
What would you create if you knew you were “The Last Artist”? Join host Luis Martin/ The Art Engineer in this monolog that asks “What would you create, if this was it? What needs to come out?” Listen in as he poses a few questions and asks you to imagine your work outside of the gallery context. What role can an art practice play in the new paradig…
 
Meet Gary Carlson as he shares his stories of being at the center of the 80’s New York art scene, with his partner, the late artist Robert Loughlin, famously known for his iconic “Brute” pop art paintings. I visit with Gary at his home in Seattle to what would be one of my last one-on-one interviews before covid. I set out to document a queer love …
 
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