Ruben Martinez is a photographer and licensed cosmetologist in Las Vegas, Nevada. He picked up his first camera in 2015 with the intention of showcasing his work in the hair industry and ended up launching a passion for storytelling through photography. During a travel adventure in 2018, he discovered, learned, and fell in love with long exposure photography, which eventually led him to his current practice of light painting.
Light painting is a photographic technique in which a photographer uses long exposure photography to capture the movement of light, often manipulating the light source as if using it to draw or paint. After a move, Martinez wanted to create some abstract art for his new living space but didn’t want to deal with the mess of painting. He played around with abstract light painting and eventually combined it with portraiture, leading to what he described as a personal, creative breakthrough.
While searching for the best way to display this new art form he came across Max Art Productions, a printing studio serving the Las Vegas area that works extensively with ChromaLuxe metal prints. This discovery ended up being a game-changer for Martinez.
“I had samples done [on ChromaLuxe] of some of my favorite pieces and I was literally mind blown at the way it held on to the luminosity of the light,” Martinez said. “It was seriously even better than I had imagined!”
Martinez said colors pop and light radiates off of ChromaLuxe better than any other medium he has tried, helping him truly bring his ideas to life. After having these samples made, he soon began printing all of his work on ChromaLuxe and selling his art at different events. The connections he made as a vendor led him to more opportunities, including being asked to contribute works for the art collection within Allegiant Stadium, home of the NFL’s Las Vegas Raiders.
Martinez Dazzles Clients With Passion for Photography
His clients are happy too. Martinez said he repeatedly gets asked by customers what material his works are printed on because they’ve never seen anything like it. “It’s always great to hear customers ask, ‘What’s it printed on?! ’Always hits me right in the feels!”
Max Art Productions still services all of Martinez’s printing needs, continuing a relationship that started at the beginning of his journey. He said because of their customer service and quality control, he’s able to keep delivering unforgettable works to his customers and clients. And with the help of ChromaLuxe’s unmatched ability to capture the essence of his art, Martinez said the possibilities for his work are truly endless.
“There’s no comparison whatsoever. ChromaLuxe is my go to as it amplifies the stories I aim to tell through the art of light painting and creative photography. Get on board for that ‘wow’ factor!”