Narsiso Martinez
Narsiso Martinez

In conjunction with the exhibit Inside/Outside, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art (SBMA) will host artist Narsiso Martinez for a presentation — Self-Portrait en La Cherry — 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24 at SBMA’s Mary Craig Auditorium, 1130 State St.

Martinez takes produce boxes from grocery stores and paints portraits of the agricultural laborers, many of whom are undocumented and subjected to terrible working conditions.

The poignant images highlight the unseen labor that supports agribusiness and come from Martinez’s experience as a worker in the fields up and down the West Coast.

Martinez was born in Oaxaca, Mexico, in 1977 and completed his education in the United States, earning his high school diploma at Evans Community Adult School at the age of 29.

He eventually earned his BFA and MFA from Cal State Long Beach. Martinez has had solo shows at the Institute of Contemporary Art, San Diego, Charlie James Gallery, and the Museum of Latin American Art.

His work is widely collected by museums, including the Santa Barbara Museum of Art.

Entry to the exhibit is free for students/$5 SBMA members/$10 non-members. Buy tickets at