MARTIN JOSEPH HOFFMAN (AMERICAN 1935-2015)
King of Caribbean Origins, 1959
oil on board
163 x 122 cm (64 1/4 x 48 in.)
signed and dated lower right; signed, titled and dated on verso
Museum of Modern Art, New York, Recent American Painting and Sculpture,  (exhibition label on verso)
Martin Hoffman was a self-taught artist and illustrator, who moved from Miami to New York City in 1970 looking for a dealer. From 1973 to 1979, Hoffman had five solo shows at the Ivan Karp's OK Harris gallery. Most of these are now in private collections in Germany and France. Throughout his career, Hoffman continued to do commercial work. From the 1960s until 1992, Hoffman was a regular contributor to Playboy; Hugh Heffner said recently that the artist "was always one of my favorites."
Hoffman's paintings can be found in many major collections including the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Indiana Museum of Art, the Norton Museum of Art (FL), the Smithsonian`s National Air and Space Museum, and the Flint Institute of Arts (MI).