Martin Albarrán López (1982) is an artist and designer-maker based in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He holds a Fine Art degree in sculpture as well as a Bachelors in Architecture, both completed in his homeland. Martín has enriched his academic experience by completing exchange programs both at ELISAVA Barcelona School of Design and Engineering and UNAM Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México where he developed interest in digital fabrication and furniture design.
Drawing on the mundane elements of everyday life, Albarrán aims to create something that challenges the viewer to re-evaluate their own perceptions. Albarran’s Architectural roots are ever present in his work, its folding structural nature draws in the viewer, demanding a physical interaction. His work is innately tactile, each piece finished with a precision and attention to detail that shows Albarran’s proficiency at his craft. His work has been regarded as groundbreaking and has been featured in a number of publications including Journal du Design, Not Cot and the New York Times. He has collaborated with both local and internationally renowned designers and architects, where Martin designed and fabricate the furniture for the office of tourism of Puerto Rico in New York.
Martín Albarran currently lives and works in San Juan, Puerto Rico and is the founder and director of La Productora, an artist run space for art and design located at Santurce, Puerto Rico.