Artist Bio



Martin J. Cervantez enlisted in the Army Signal Corps in July 1986 as an Illustrator.  His most prestigious assignment was Artist in Residence at the U.S. Army Center of Military History where he was responsible for capturing the Army’s history through art.  He deployed to Afghanistan in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM 2008, and 2011.  During these deployments he produced artwork that visually recorded Soldiers’ experiences the Army’s achievements. Two of his oil paintings were recently featured in the National Constitution Center’s public exhibition “Art of the American Soldier” in Philadelphia.  Martin is a self-taught artist who has created art since he was a child.  He’s used art as his own therapy during recovery from his recent six surgeries.  Martin also advocates for veteran’s art programs, and was involved at the USO Ft Belvoir, and Walter Reed; Warrior Writers from Philadelphia, and Combat Paper New Jersey.  Cervantez is also known for turning the Workhouse guard towers into static kaleidoscopes by using colored films on the windows of the towers, creating a dynamic piece of art that changes with time of day, and position of view.  Martin is the 2017 recipient of the Prince William County Kathleen Seefeldt Award for Best Artist.  His most recent project was the Berlin Airlift mural/assemblage, in Wiesbaden, Germany.