Project Description

Rene Martucci

Rene Martucci

René Martucci received a bachelor of arts degree from the University of California, Davis where she studied with Robert Arneson, Manual Neri and Wayne Thiebaud. Working under the tough and inspirational guidance of Robert Arneson, Martucci developed solid craftsmanship and a desire to explore and challenge herself as an artist.

She sculpted at the ceramics lab TB-9 – noted for it’s influence on ceramic art. There, Martucci spent many hours sharing ideas with other talented students including Lisa Reinertson, Arthur Gonzalez and Tony Natsoulas.

Martucci is a figurative artist, focusing on people and animals as her subject matter. Through her work Martucci seeks to represent thoughts, emotions, simple truths and states of mind. An abiding interest for Martucci is the retablo – a format stemming from her intrigue with her Italian heritage and from the Mexican culture in California – and a format allowing her to create intimate, autobiographical narratives. These stories address common, everyday scenes – walking the dog or watering the lawn–stories that are immediately accessible to the viewer.

Much like Roy Deforest, Martucci has become know for her dog imagery. The two artists were featured together in an exhibit named “The Art of the Dog”, presented by the Sacramento Sutter club. It follows that Martucci’s notoriety for sculpting the dog results in numerous requests from collectors wanting their dog featured. Among these collectors are director Penny Marshall, Mary Robinson, the head curator at the Henry E. Huntington Library in San Marino, and Sara Kelly of the Kelly Broadcasting family. Also Intrigued by Martucci’s use of dog imagery, the UC Davis Vet school asked Martucci to design and create two dog sculptures for the Center for Companion Animal Health.

One of the most exciting projects is Martucci’s work with renowned feminist artist Judy Chicago. Martucci sculpted eight cat portraits from Chicago’s book Kitty City: A Feline Book of Hours. The collaboration took place over a 6 month period during which time Chicago often came to work in Martucci’s Davis studio. Judy Chicago china painted the final sculptures. In October 2005, Martucci attended the unveiling at the prestigious Sculptural Objects and Functional Art exhibit in Chicago.

Martucci has devoted over two decades to sculpting lifelike human and animal figures and has received wide attention for her work. One of the most enjoyable aspects of her works is their ability to be displayed indoors or outside. Among the many outdoor installations of her work, two of her sculptures stand at the entrance of the famous Staglin Vineyard and Winery in Napa winery noted for its fine art collection.

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Education

1983 UC DAVIS, CA: BA ART STUDIO, MINOR PSYCHOLOGY

1988 CSU SACRAMENTO, CA: TEACHING CREDENTIAL, ART

SUPPLEMENTAL CREDENTIAL, PSYCHOLOGY

Solo and group Exhibitions

2016

30 Ceramic Sculptors, John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis CA

UC Davis Alumni Exhibition , The John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis CA

Bark! The John Natsoulas Gallery is presenting an exhibition of dog related artwork, Davis CA

Visions in Clay juried exhibition,  Juror, Liz Quackenbush, LH Horton Jr Gallery, Stockton CA

2015

30 Ceramic Sculptors, John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis CA

Bark! The John Natsoulas Gallery is presenting an exhibition of dog related artwork, Davis CA

Visions in Clay juried exhibition,  Juror  Lisa Reinertson, LH Horton Jr Gallery, Stockton CA

“An Eclectic Grouping,” Elliott Fouts Gallery, Sacrament,o CA.

Featuring UC Davis Alumni + Professors. Featuring Rene Martucci, Peter & Camille Vandenberge, Robert Arneson, Wayne Theibaud, Tony Natsoulas, Troy Dalton, Jeff Nebeker & more.

2014

Members Medley, Blue LIne Gallery, Roseville, CA

30 Ceramic Sculptors, John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis CA

Bark! The John Natsoulas Gallery is presenting an exhibition of dog related artwork the month of February in conjunction with a Roy De Forest exhibition.

Miniatures & Maquettes, The John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis CA

Transmedia Art Walk,  Public art,  “Dog Day” Bench by Rene Martucci, Davis Art Garage, First & F streets, Davis, CA

“Photographs and Sculptures”, Dog & Horse galley, Charleston, SC  featuring JIM DRATFIELD & RENE MARTUCCI

CROCKER ART AUCTION, Sacramento CA Works from 200 of the region’s most distinguished artists.

2013

Visions in Clay juried exhibition,  Juror Peter Held, LH Horton Jr Gallery, Stockton, CA

Ceramacon, Blue Line Gallery, Roseville.Juror Elaine Henry is currently the Editor/Publisher of the international ceramics journals Ceramics: Art & Perception and Ceramics TECHNICAL.

CAA: CERAMIC ANNUAL OF AMERICA, Civic Center Plaza , S.F.

http://ceramicsannual.org

2012

Plates, Totems & Teapots Exhibit  Competition, Blue Line Gallery, Roseville, CA – National Juried competition , juror Christy Johnson (American Museum of Ceramic Art, Pomona CA )

30 Ceramic Sculptors 2013, John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis CA

Michael Stephens Memorial Show, John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis CA

Members Medley, Blue LIne Gallery, Roseville, CA

Bark! The John Natsoulas Gallery is presenting an exhibition of dog related artwork the month of February in conjunction with a Roy De Forest exhibition.

“30 Ceramic Sculptors Exhibition” 2012, John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis CAJohn Mason, Robert Arneson, John Toki, Arthur Gonzalez, Lisa Reinertsen, Robert Arneson, Glenn Takai, Yoshio Taylor, Rene Martucci, Esther Shimazu, Emma Luna, Linda Fitzgibbon,  and many more.

Big Names, Small Art  – 2012, Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento

Pence Gallery Auction, Pence Gallery, Davis CA

CAA: CERAMIC ANNUAL OF AMERICA, Fort Mason Center , S.F.

http://ceramicsannual.org

2011

Bark! The John Natsoulas Gallery is presenting an exhibition of dog related artwork the month of February in conjunction with a Roy De Forest exhibition., The John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis CA

“ANIMAL DREAMS” – Animals as visual metaphors, a new leaf gallery I sculpturesite, Sonoma, CA 95476

“30 Ceramic Sculptors Exhibition”, , John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis CA

CROCKER ART AUCTION, Sacramento , CA

Works from 200 of the region’s most distinguished artists will be on display and for sale during the annual Art Auction.

CAA: CERAMIC ANNUAL OF AMERICA, Fort Mason Center , S.F.

Marking the Territory: A Tribute to Roy Deforest, PENCE GALLERY, Davis CA

Public Art: “The Story Grove”, ceramic and painted mural created by René Martucci and Juli Ann Blanco, Marguerite Montgomery Elementary, Davis, CA

2010

Public Art “Discovery and Knowledge” Joan Suico memorial bench, ceramic and cement bench. Mary L. Stephens Davis Branch Library, Davis CA

11th ANNUAL DOG & CAT SHOW includes a HORSE!! Howard_Skinner Gallery, Sacramento, CA

December 12 – Davis Branch Library reopening – Dedication of “Discovery & Knowledge” bench and more

CROCKER ART AUCTION:

Works from 200 of the region’s most distinguished artists will be on display and for sale during the annual Art Auction.

“Barnyard Animals”, Gallery 625,, Woodland CA

“30 Ceramic Sculptors Exhibition”,  2010, John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA: John Mason, Robert Arneson, John Toki, Arthur Gonzalez, Lisa Reinertsen, Robert Arneson, Glenn Takai, Yoshio Taylor, Rene Martucci, Esther Shimazu, Emma Luna, Linda Fitzgibbon,  and many more.

“The Art of Public Art”, Gallery 625, 25 Court Street Woodland CA. Lecture on the public art process from 6:30-7pm by YoloArts teaching artist Rene Martucci.

“THE STORIES WE SHARE” ribbon cutting ceremony.

A dedication for the school wide mosaic collaboration lead by Artist in Residence Rene Martucci

Marguerite Montgomery Elementary, Davis CA

2009

Ceramic sculptures by Rene Martucci and paintings by Deladier Almeida and James Chaffee. John Natsoulas Gallery

Davis CA

30 Ceramic Sculptors Exhibition 2009, The John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis CA

Public art community project: “The Stories We Share” school wide community project ceramic mosaic mural

Marguerite Montgomery Elementary, Davis, CA

CROCKER ART AUCTION, FINE ARTS BUILDING, CAL EXPO, Sacramento CA

“Side by Side #2” YCAC presents our Teaching Artists and their Students Work together

GALLERY 625, Woodland, CA

KIDS CLAY WORKSHOP with Rene Martucci, The John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis CA

Small works, Miniatures and Maquettes, The John Natsoulas Gallery, DAVIS, CA

Solo Exhibition: New Work by Rene Martucci, The John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis CA

2008

“Teaching the Arts in Yolo County”,Woodland, CA

“Wild Thing” The Gallery at Cliff Lede Vineyards, Yountville, CA

ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL

Group show benefiting UC Davis Community Surgery Program.. The John Natsoulas Center for the Arts, Davis CA

ANIMAL CRACKERS, PENCE GALLERY, Davis CA

ANNUAL ART AUCTION: BEYOND THE HORIZON, PENCE GALLERY, Davis CA

“It’s Raining Cats and Dogs”, Rene Martucci, Katheryn Wronski, Peggy Jane Murrray, The Gallery@ 48 Natoma, Folsom CA

30 Ceramic Sculptors Exhibition 2008, The John Natsoulas Gallery, DAVIS, CA 530 756-3938

In conjunction with the California Conference for the Advancement of Ceramic Art (CCACA)

CROCKER ART AUCTION

Cal Expo; Exposition Blvd. & I-80; Expo Center, Sacramento, CA

2007

Group show, John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis

14th annual Valentines Auction, The Nelson Gallery, Davis

Annual Figuration Exhibition, John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis

“Faces of Cats” Solo show,  Fat Cat “, Woodland CA

30 Ceramic Sculptors Exhibition, John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis

CROCKER ART MUSEUM Art Auction, Sacramento, CA

Art in the Garden Group Show, Pence Gallery, Davis

NEW WORK”  Solo exhibit with Ester Shimazu & Bill Maul, John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis

Restoration Workshop with René Martucci, John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis

2006

Mastery in Clay , The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA

Studio 212: Pence Art Auction, Davis CA

Crocker art Museum Art Auction, Sacramento, CA

“30 Ceramic Sculptors”, John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA

The Cat Aesthetic,  Rene Martucci & Judy Chicago , John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA

2005

IWolk Gallery, St. Helena, CA

“New Work”, Solo Exhibition, John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA

“30 Ceramic Sculptors”, John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA

“Kitty City sculptures”, Judy Chicago & Rene Martucci., SOFA Chicago, Chicago IL

2004

“PLAY BALL!”, John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA

“The Clock Watchers”, Pence Gallery, Davis, CA

Nelson Art friends 11th Annual Artists’ Valentines Exhibition, Walter A. Buehler Alumni Center, UC Davis, CA

“30 Ceramic Sculptors”, John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA

SOFA Chicago, Chicago IL

LA Modernism, Santa Monica, CA

2003

“The Art of the Dog – Roy DeForest & René Martucci” Sacramento Sutter Club, Sacramento, CA

“30 Ceramic Sculptors”, John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA

Solo Exhibition, “Wall Hangings” Cafe California, Davis

“Art in a Cage” , Pence Gallery, Davis, CA

SOFA Art Fair, Chicago Il

Los Angeles Modernism Show, Santa Monica, Ca

“Whatever Floats your Boat”, Pence Gallery, Davis, CA

Solo Exhibit ion “Dogs” , John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA

2002

Solo Exhibition, John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA

“30 Ceramic Sculptors”, Woodbury Gallery, Utah State College, Utah

Art Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM

30 Ceramic Sculptors, John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA

Functional Art, John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA

SOFA Chicago Art Fair, Chicago Il

Los Angeles Modernism Show, Santa Monica, Ca

2000

Installation of National & International Artists, UC NC at Chapel Hill, NC

SOFA New York, New York, Ny

1999

Solo Exhibition, John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA

Group Exhibition, b. sakata garo Gallery, Sacramento

1998

“All Creatures Great and Small”, John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA

“Sculptural Perspectives for the New Millennium”, The LEF Foundation, St Helena, CA

“Thirty Ceramic Sculptors”, John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA

“Cuentistas Storytellers”, Woman Artists, Yuba College, Woodland, CA

1997

International ceramic art fair, Faenza, Italy

Solo Exhibition, John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA

“Small Treasures”, Thomas Oldheim Gallery, Sacramento, CA

“11th Annual Thirty Ceramic Sculptors”, John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA

Group Exhibition, The Sacramento Sutter Club, Sacramento, CA

“Eight Annual All Creatures Great and Small”, John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA

1996

“Thirty Ceramic Sculptors”, Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA

“All Creatures Great and Small” , John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA

“Pence Gallery Art Auction”, Davis Art Center, Davis, CA

1995

“The Masks We Wear”, Archival Framing, Sacramento, CA

“Valentine Exhibit”, Blooming Art, Sacramento, CA

“Sixth Annual Thirty Ceramic Sculptors- ARNESON through VOLKOS”, John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA

On Going exhibit, Ann Nathan Gallery, Chicago, Il

“All Creatures Great and Small” , John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA

“Benefit Art Auction”, Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA

SOFA Exposition. Navy Pier, Chicago, IL

1994

“Cats” Solo Exhibition, Art Related Things, Davis, CA

1983-1993

“Puttin’ on the Dog”, Archival Framing, Sacramento, CA

“4th Annual All Creatures Great and Small”, John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA

“Art Studio Alumni Exhibition”, Walter A Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center, UC Davis, CA

“Holy Night”, John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA

“Framed”, Art Related Things, Davis CA

“Tic Toc”, Art Related Things, Davis CA

“Ceramic Miniatures”, Art Related Things, Davis CA

“Tea Time”, Babb-Himovitz Gallery, Cambria, CA

“7th Annual 30 Ceramic Sculptors”, John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA

“Thirty Years of TB-9 : A Tribute to Robert Arneson” , John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA

“All Creatures Great and Small”, John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA

“Global Thought”, Pistachio’s, Davis, CA

Solo Exhibition, The Basement Gallery, UC Davis, CA

“TB-9 Show”, The Basement Gallery, UC Davis, CA

All Artists