John Martinek

Coralville, IA

Artist’s Statement

John Martinek resides in Coralville, Iowa where he paints, draws, and makes prints in his studio. His other interests include competitive cycling, carpentry, cooking, reading, listening to music, and spending time with family and friends.

John is a partner/owner at Modern Roots Design Build in Iowa City where he works as a project developer and cabinetmaker. His partner Greta Songe teaches art at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, and he has one son named Emmett.

John was born in Metairie, Louisiana in 1968, but grew up in Grinnell, Iowa before leaving to attend college. He received his BA in art from Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois in 1990. In 1996 he received his MFA in Printmaking and Drawing from the University of Iowa.