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November 18th, 2009

Street artist to City Hall

Eduardo M.L. Martinez

Newburgh - Through the month of November, visitors to City Hall can enjoy abstract paintings by Eduardo M.L. Martinez, known as Lalo.

A native of Oxacaca, Mexico, Lalo was born in 1977, the oldest brother in his family of 5 children. In his adolescence, he stopped going to school and started an adventure. This adventure let him discover new regions, the architecture of different cities, the growth of technology and the importance of the planet for living things. The adventure eventually brought him to New York. The father of four little girls, he is showing his idea of "free art" in his paintings.

Lalo studied for three years at the Technical Art School in Mexico, where he mingled with artists throughout the region. He describes himself as a "born artist," and he had a passion for art since he was very small. In addition to learning from his artist friends and professors, he learned from the artists of the street. He knew Francisco Toledo and Rodolfo Morales, but he said his most important school was in the streets.

His art is inspired by the traditions and customs of his culture, as well as the community of Newburgh, N.Y., and the life and growth of living things in this world. While one of his paintings took honors in the Newburgh Free Library art show, this is his first Hudson Valley exhibit.

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