Foo by Gilbert Martinez
Visual Arts: Illustrator, Mixed Media Artist, Printmaker
Born and raised in San Antonio Gilbert V. Martinez III aka FOR REAL is a printmaker, illustrator, and graphic designer. His artist moniker “FOR REAL” is an artistic alter ego that explores duality through a fragmented style of digital and handmade techniques. Illustration and printmaking have been an obsession of the artist since 2005 when he first studied offset printmaking and graphic design in high school. While attending college his focus artistically became screen printing and illustration. Gilbert attended The Art Institute of San Antonio where he received his BFA in graphic design. Today his work as a graphic designer has been used for professional national skateboard brands, promotional and branding, and various Texas businesses. His poster designs have even been featured in Forbes Magazine, 2021. As a fine artist, his work has been on display in galleries such as the Presa House Gallery, Mexic-Arte Museum, Blk & Gray Gallery, South Town Gallery, and Territory Gallery. If you’ve come across his work chances are you’d recognize it by his illustrative style, bold use of color, and his love for his Hispanic heritage.