Martin Stensaas combines classical realism with the modern experience of mystical consciousness. His distinctive technique combines deep and colorful glazes, subtractive maneuvers, and fine line work to build up enchanted figures and their otherworldly surroundings. His works are unique painterly experiences from across the room or a few inches away.
Originally from Salt Lake City, Utah, Martin grew up interested in art and science, and the rugged landscapes of the West. He studied under David Amico and Earl Jones prior to receiving a four-year full-tuition scholarship to the University of Utah Art Department, where he received his BFA.
His imagery explores a mythic zone populated by dreamlike animals and figures. Martin enjoys working collaboratively with other painters. The mashup of styles involving other artists working together in tag-team fashion evokes a thick, sensual, and morphing atmosphere. Vivid otherworldly colors and glazed effects evoke luminous shapes that congeal into suggestive mythical forms.
2018: “Mystical Beasts” Curated by Martin Stensaas, Sally Centigrade Gallery, Denver, CO
2018: Phaneros Pavillion, High Times Cannabis Cup, Sonoma CA
2017: "11/11 Solo and Collaborations with Martin Stensaas and Sunny Strasburg." Phaneros Gallery. Nevada City, CA
2017: "Modern Symbolists." Group Show. Curated by Julie Baroh and Liba Waring Stambollion. Krab Jab Gallery. Seattle, WA
2016: "Dreams and Divinities Art for Peace." European Traveling Show. Paris, Berlin
2016: "MAPS Fundraiser." Bentley Reserve, San Francisco, CA
2015: "Love, Solo and Collaborations with Martin Stensaas and Sunny Strasburg." Utah Arts Alliance, Urban Access Gallery. SLC, UT.
2015: "Monsters Group Show." Curated by Mark Slusser. Slusser Gallery, SLC, UT
2015: "MAPS Fundraiser." Bentley Reserve, San Francisco, CA
2014: "Red Tide: Martin Stensaas Collaborations with the Oyster Pirates and Sunny Strasburg." Bash Gallery, SF, CA
2014: "Big Time. Oyster Pirates Collaborations." Central Utah Art Center: CUAC, SLC, UT
2014: "Art Salon Series Group Show." White Space Contemporary Gallery, Ogden, UT
2014: "Out of the Box Group Show." White Space Contemporary Gallery, Ogden, UT
2013-2015: "Dreams and Divinities Fernal Delights." Traveling Show. San Cristobal, Monterrey, MX and Dallas, TX
2012: "Martin Stensaas Recent Work." Solo Show. Salt Lake City Public Library. SLC, UT
2012: "Astral Freestyle" Solo Exhibition. Knew Conscious Gallery. Denver, CO
2012: "Ascension: Group Show". Knew Conscious Gallery. Denver, CO
1995: "Martin Stensaas" Solo Exhibition. Curated by Melissa Chappell, Directors Guild of America. LA, CA
2017: Performing Artist: Gem and Jam Art Pavilion. Tucson, AZ
2016: Invitational Live Painter: Das Energi. SLC, UT
2015: Invitational Live Painter. Sacred Spaces. Burning Man
2014: Invitational Live Painter. Sacred Spaces. Burning Man
2014: Group Show. Boom! Festival. Portugal
2013: Group Show. Envision Festival. Costa Rica
2011: Invitational Live Painter. Red Lightning. Burning Man
2007: Entheon Group Show. Entheon Village, Burning Man
1995: Original Artwork Featured by Paramount Pictures in "Kiss the Girls"
press & publications
2014: Encyclopedia of Fernal Affairs. Art Book ISBN: 978-2-9534581-2-1
1992: Bachelor of Fine Art, University of Utah