Donald Martiny has been called a gestural abstractionist.This term refers to a method of how the painter applies color to an object.
His work involves allowing gesture to escape from the traditional rectangular support and realize its potential in relation to architectural space. His works create a conversation between the viewer, the work and the space.
Martiny makes his own paint. It is a water-based polymer saturated with pigment. Sometimes microbubbles are added into the mixture to make the paintings lighter or more workable. Once dry, the paintings are very light and hard.
In 2015 Martiny received a commission from the Durst Organization to create two monumental paintings that are permanently installed in the lobby of One World Trade Center in New York City.
His work is in numerous public, private and museum collections worldwide. Ithas been featured in the Huffington Post, NPR, Philadelphia Inquirer, VOGUE LIVING | Australia, New American Paintings | South, Decor Magazine, Hong Kong Tatler and Woven Tale Press.
Martinii lives and works in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He studied at the School of the Visual Arts, The Art Students League in New York, New York University and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.