Cherry Blossom Swirl Freestyle

By Josue "Corinto" Martinez

“My inspiration for this year’s 2022 Cherry Blossom Chair came from the Japanese ribbon dance. It’s a beautiful dance and I wanted to capture the movement from the dancers as they move, jump and spin. I wanted the chair to represent a celebration and be surrounded with the ribbons and bright colors that the Spring Season brings.”

See this sculpture at 145 National Plaza, National Harbor, MD (Flagpole Plaza).

Josue "Corinto" Martinez

Hyattsville, MD

Born in Corinto, El Salvador, Josue Martinez is a passionate artist with more than fifteen years of experience creating inspired works of art. He is the founder of CORINTO, a gallery, cultural space, and art studio located in DC’s Adams Morgan neighborhood that showcases local artists and engages the local community in the arts. An advocate for the community and teaching artist, Josue has worked with a variety of youth and changemaking organizations and also serves on the board of the Adams Morgan Community Alliance. Martinez began his love for art in El Salvador as a child. Coming to the U.S. at age 10, art was the way he found comfort in his new surroundings, not being able to speak English. After attending Suitland High School for visual and performing arts, he continued his education in art at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA).