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15. Robert Brandan Martinez

When we last put the spotlight on 100 creative forces in Phoenix, it was no secret there were more than 100 individuals who were making waves in the local arts community. So as we count down to our annual Best of Phoenix issue, we're profiling 100 more. Welcome (back) to 100 Creatives.

15. Robert Brandan Martinez
Robert Brandan Martinez by Andrew Almendarez

Robert Brandan Martinez is an artist born and raised in Tempe, Arizona. He graduated in 2011 with BFA in photography from Arizona State University. He splits his time between Arizona and Rio de Janeiro, where he has been working on his most current project since 2010 (which you can help fund through the purchase of any of his limited-edition prints for sale through Modified Arts).

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Robert Brandan Martinez

I came to Phoenix with ... Two feet and a heartbeat. I am an Arizona native, I was born in Tempe.

I make art because ... It is an amazing thing to be able to come up with a concept and explore its path and all things involved until the concept has manifested in the physical world. Coming up with concepts and creating makes me happy.

I'm most productive when ... I have espresso in my belly and I'm exploring my curiosities without distractions.

My inspiration wall is full of ... Images and a list of goals.

I've learned the most from ... Doing ... and failing ... then doing again. I learn best by doing. If you feel motivated to do something then do it. Approach the idea with an open mind, take it as a new adventure and have fun exploring that idea. You will be rewarded in one way or another for your dedication and for putting positive energy and love into an idea. Just like a baby.

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Robert Brandan Martinez

Good work should always ... I think 'good work' is really a matter of perspective. Everyone enjoys different forms of art, however, when trying to create 'good work,' I feel it's important to create your work honestly, from the heart, the brain, something you see, someone you know, or where ever it may come from. Inspiration for good work is all around us.

The Phoenix creative scene could use more ... Funding for artists and a stronger sense community with the artists. Having community amongst each other enables us to work together as a whole with the purpose of growth and expansion for the Phoenix art scene. We all know that a group of people have a louder voice than a single individual, and so, having more of a sense of community makes it easier to connect with others and helps to share ideas and work with other communities outside of Phoenix.

The Creatives, so far ... (And while you're here, check out 100 Tastemakers on Chow Bella.)

100:Lara Plecas 99. Isaac Caruso 98. Brandon Gore 97. Kelsey Dake 96. Hector Ruiz 95. Caroline Battle 94: Jennifer Campbell 93. Jeff Chabot 92. Tiffiney Yazzie 91. Daniel Germani 90. Irma Sanchez 89. Daniel m. Davis 88. Kirstin Van Cleef 87. Emmett Potter 86. Sarah Hurwitz 85. Christine Cassano 84. Fred Tieken 83. Lindsay Kinkade 82. Ruben Galicia 81. Robert Uribe 80. Heidi Abrahamson 79. Josephine Davis 78. Travis Ladue 77. Taz Loomans 76. Mikey Jackson 75. Alex Empty 74. Joe Ray 73. Carol Roque 72. Daniel Funkhouser 71. Carla Chavarria 70. Hugo Medina 69. Cavin Costello 68. Claire Carter 67. Lindsay Tingstrom 66. Catherine Ruane 65. Christopher Crosby 64. Aaron Johnson 63. Brenda Eden 62. Colton Brock 61. Ernesto Moncada 60. Benjamin Phillips 59. Brad Armstrong 58. Angela Hardison 57. Tyler Quinn 56. Andrew James Benson 55. Charles Anthony Darr 54: Tiffe Fermaint 53. Eric Cox 52. Victor Vasquez 51. John Randall Nelson 50. Lauren Lee 49. Kyle Jordre 48. Julie C. Kent 47. Sean Deckert 46. Niba DelCastillo 45. Joseph Benesh 44. Ashley Harder 43. Dan Vermillion 42. Daniel Shepherd 41. James B. Hunt 40. Lori Fenn 39. Seth Gideon Fainkujen 38. Wayne Rainey 37. Christian Filardo 36. Melissa Cody 35. Jason Rudolph Peña 34. Cindy Iverson 33. Ryan Gentry 32. Sebastien Millon 31. Andrea Beesley 30. Chris Pruitt 29. Robert Diehl 28. Rachel Malloy 27. Jonathan Simon 26. Ann Morton 25. Kim Moody 24. Kevin Flanagan 23. Such and Champ Styles 22. Julia Fournier 21. Rebecca Green 20. Jules Demetrius 19. Averian Chee 18. Sara Cochran 17. Daniel Mills 16. Nina Miller

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