Cobalt Studio is an artist run alternative exhibition/project space in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago. The name refers to blue-collar/working class status. Gallery founders, Adriana Baltazar and Antonio Martinez both came from working-class families/neighborhoods. We exhibit work by emerging artists and experimental art collectives, as well as invite guest curators that share our vision. Our mission is to present contemporary practices that are relevant and engaging to our community.

Interested in curating or exhibiting?
Questions and/or Comments? cobaltartstudio(at)gmail(dot)com

Artist behind Cobalt Studio

Antonio Martinez  

Antonio Martinez is a painter, one who is not afraid to move away from a particular style he is known for producing. One willing to venture in a different direction and flex his creative muscle. He is a full time painter and a full time plumber. He draws much of his inspiration from the everyday disparities he has witnessed in both roles. Antonio was born in 1978 in Chicago. He studied at The American Academy of Art, Chicago in 2000. In 2002 & 2003 he traveled to Austria to study at the International Summer Academy of Fine Arts in Salzburg. He has collaborated on several public works projects and murals in the Little Village and Pilsen neighborhoods of Chicago. He instructed in youth art classes for various arts organizations in Chicago. In 2010 he co-founded Cobalt Studio, a production and exhibition space located in Chicago.

Mighty Fine Arts Gallery,Dallas, TX: Transmission: Oak Cliff 2012

Maxwell Colette Gallery,Chicago, IL: Text, Drugs and Rock & Roll 2011
Zhou Brothers Center, Chicago, IL: CelebArte, 2011
Prospectus Galley Chicago, IL: Solo Show 2007
Krasl Arts Center Museum, St. Joseph, MI: 
Latino Invitational Group Show 2004
Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum,Chicago, IL: 
Day of the Dead Exhibition 2003
Gallery Im Alcatraz,
Hallein, Austria: Solo Exhibition 2002

Public Art

Hector Duarte Home and Studio Mural, 
Hector Duarte:  Chicago, IL: 2007 
Little Village Community Development Corp Mural,
Manuel Perez Jr. Plaza:Chicago, IL: 2005
CPAG/CTA Blue Line Art Project Mosaic Mural,
Hector Duarte: Maria Gaspar Chicago, IL: 2004