Bryan Martello is a New York-based artist whose work reflects on issues of class, gender, and sexuality. Martello earned their BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2010, and their MFA from the University of Texas at Austin in 2016 where he was a Graduate Endowed Continuing Fellow. He was a participant at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2016.
His work seeks to reconcile gay identity, reflecting on sexuality and class. He rethinks the way gay people are seen as virtuous, frivolous, or selfish in connection with wealth, indulgence and self-care. His work contemplates these ideas outside of a luxurious exquisite tool box, embracing the abject and ostracized in a playful way. By manipulating, disguising, and combining everyday objects he create queer spaces where the synthetic and decadent are valorized. He is interested in themes of apathy, temporality, indulgence, contradiction, self improvement, and sexuality.