For two decades Martin Machado has had his feet in two very different endeavors, that of the art world and of the maritime industry. His labor on the water has taken him around the globe on international containerships, commercial fishing vessels, and sailing boats. The ports and people he has worked alongside have become intertwined with the layers of his art, a visual story-telling based on his own experience but reaching back into the history of maritime exploration, colonialism, and ultimately our core human relationship with the sea.


A recent body of work stems from a two hundred mile voyage he made in 2020, solo sailing a twenty-six foot sailboat from San Francisco up through the delta to Sacramento and back. Along the way, Machado created the works for an exhibition in Sacramento, painting in the cabin and cockpit of the small boat while at anchor.Unfortunately the Covid Pandemic was unfolding throughout this voyage and as the shelter-in-place order was implemented, the voyage took on a surreal quality.“The symbolism of my boat to others, and every other person I passed, to me, became wrapped in so many ideas of escapism, longing, and freedom. This reality that we now live in, and our desire to break free from it; I felt it first on that river and it has not left me since.”


His work has been shown internationally and has been featured in The San Francisco Chronicle, The New York Times Magazine, Juxtapoz, New American Paintings, and most recently The Surfer’s Journal.

For interest in purchasing original works please email or fill out the form on the contacts page.

© 2007  All Rights Reserved by Martin Machado

Born: 1980, San Jose, CA

Education: 2007 MFA The San Francisco Art Institute

2003 BFA UC Santa Barbara


Upcoming Exhibitions...

Sept 25th  2020, The deYoung Open, The deYoung Museum, San Francisco CA


Selected Exhibitions


Bends and Bows, Public Land, Sacramento CA (solo)

Meanwhile... Brilliant Champions, New York City NY



Hove To, Park Life Gallery, San Fancisco (solo)



Fluid State, The San Francisco Art Institute, Fort Mason (solo)

Modular Moonlight, K. Imperial Fine Art, San Francisco (solo)

Now You See It, K Imperial at Minnesota St. Projects, San Francisco

LA Art Show, Cordesa Fine Art



Beyond The Horizon, Italian American Museum,  SF CA (2 person show with Jen Celio)

Bodies Politic, Cordesa Fine Art, Los Angeles (solo)

Seattle Art Fair, Cordesa Fine Art, Seattle WA

Moniker Art Fair, Bill Daniel Installation, London England



Un Oceano Entre Nos, Festival Teatro Container, Valparaiso Chile

Burning Ice, Euphrat Museum of Art, Cupertino CA

Onshore Winds Offshore Accounts, Seeing Things Gallery, San Jose CA (Solo)



An Ocean Between Us,  K. Imperial Fine Art, San Francisco CA (Solo)

Hunky Dory, K. Imperial Fine Art, San Francisco, CA

Six Degrees, FFDG, San Francisco CA

Tired Hands, Good Mother Gallery, Oakland, CA

Companions, Seeing Things Gallery, San Jose CA

Benefit For The Artists, Incline Gallery, San Francisco CA



Everybody's Ocean, The Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, Santa Cruz CA

It Was Nature, RVCA, San Francisco CA

California Academy of Sciences, Art Night, San Francisco CA

The Sea Provides, Imogen Gallery, Astoria OR (Two Person Show with Corey Arnold)

Salt The Skies, FFDG, San Francisco CA



Locals Only, RVCA, San Francisco CA

This Will Never Work, Southern Exposure, San Francisco CA

The Dead of Winter, Oakland Surf Club, Oakland, CA

Shark Love Inc. PangeaSeed, The Box Jelly, Honolulu, HI

Museo Diego Rivera Anahuacalli, Mexico City, Mexico

Underwater, Roll Up Gallery, San Francisco, CA

All At Sea, Arts At Marks, Honolulu, HI



Más Cara, Tequisquiapan Mexico

Days To Come, 5 Claude Lane, San Francisco, CA

Too Far Gone, Gallery Hijinks, San Francisco, CA (Solo Show)

The Clipperton Project, Glasgow Sculpture Studios, Scotland

The Spanglish Armada, Establish, San Francisco, CA



As It Was Before, Gallery Hijinks, San Francisco, CA

Breaking Ranks” The Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA



Boom Juried Exhibition, Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA

Reflections Adrift, Heart, San Francisco, CA (Solo Show)



Divining Nature, Antelope Valley College, CA

Inaugural Desacreatures, The Space Gallery, San Francisco, CA



Save The Waves 111 Minna, San Francisco, CA

Grounded? Juried Show, Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA



Notthatbalai Art Festival 07, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Vernissage, San Francisco Art Institute MFA Graduate Exhibition, Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA



RIFNM06 The 1st Reno Interdisciplinary Festival of New Media, University of Nevada, Reno, NV (guest lecture)

Upgrade: Photographic Works, Paintings, and Films, Swell Gallery, San Francisco, CA




The Surfer's Journal 2020

The San Francisco Chronicle 2018

New York Times Magazine Jan 2016

Juxtapoz Magazine April 2015

New American Paintings Pacific Edition 2014


Sea Work and Experience  


--Currently holding a USCG licensed 100 ton Master and an "AB" Able Bodied Sailor limited endorsement.  I am a member of the Sailors Union of the Pacific and the Kvichak Setnetters Assosication. In my years in the maritime industry I have worked on a wide range of vessels, from a tall-ship and modern sailing charters, to commercial fishing boats, container ships and oil spill cleanup ships. Currently my year is typically split between some shipping work on international containerships and my summer season in Alaska fishing commercially for salmon.