CMH Home
CMH Home
United States - Army Art Collection
Master Sergeant Martin J. Cervantez
Online Gallery Exhibit

Master Sergeant Martin J. Cervantez

Master Sergeant Martin J. Cervantez is a former Artist in Residence at the U.S. Army Center of Military History where he was responsible for capturing the Army's history on paper and canvas. He was deployed to Afghanistan in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM from February to April 2011 and from September to December 2008. He was also deployed in support of Operation UNIFIED RESPONSE in Haiti from January-February 2010. During these deployments he produced artwork that visually recorded Soldiers’ experiences and the Army’s achievements.
More about the artist




  • I Got Your Six
    3'x4' Oil Painting
    Hi-Res (593KB) (2232x1668)

    Members of 3rd Platoon, Charlie Company, 1/26th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, perform a security halt during a mounted patrol on 9 November, 2008. The security halt allowed soldiers to interact with Afghani locals running a voting office for local elections. The mounted patrol was part of a Humanitarian Assistance mission in the local village. The soldiers on this patrol were stationed at FOB (Forward Operation Base) Blessing located in the north east part of Afghanistan near the Pakistan Border. Photographs taken by MSG Martin J. Cervantez on his deployment to Afghanistan were used as reference material for the painting.


  • Picture Day
    30"x40" Oil Painting
    Hi-Res (543KB) (2080x1532)

    SPC Billings, a member of 3rd Platoon, Charlie Company, 1/26th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, collects iris, fingerprint, and photo data using a HIIDE (Handheld Interagency Identity Detection Equipment) biometric system. Whenever a camera is pulled out, a crowd is drawn! Afghanis love to have their pictures taken which assists in the data collection process. Data is collected from all military age males in each village to help identify both current and future hostiles and insurgent forces. The data collection was part of a Humanitarian Assistance mission in a local village near FOB (Forward Operation Base) Blessing, Northeast Afghanistan near the Pakistan border. Photographs taken by MSG Martin J. Cervantez on his deployment to Afghanistan were used as reference material for the painting.


  • Tailgating Over The Valley
    30"x40" Oil Painting
    Hi-Res (254KB) (2182x1635)

    SPC Billings, a member of 3rd Platoon, Charlie Company, 1/26th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, collects iris, fingerprint, and photo data using a HIIDE (Handheld Interagency Identity Detection Equipment) biometric system. Whenever a camera is pulled out, a crowd is drawn! Afghanis love to have their pictures taken which assists in the data collection process. Data is collected from all military age males in each village to help identify both current and future hostiles and insurgent forces. The data collection was part of a Humanitarian Assistance mission in a local village near FOB (Forward Operation Base) Blessing, Northeast Afghanistan near the Pakistan border. Photographs taken by MSG Martin J. Cervantez on his deployment to Afghanistan were used as reference material for the painting.


  • A Huge Responsibility
    3'x4'Oil Painting
    Hi-Res (1.14MB) (3631x2715)

    11 November, 2008, 2nd Lieutenant Patrick Farrell of The American Provincial Police Mentor Team (PMT-P), 1st BN/203rd Corps, Regional Police Advisory Command – East (RPAC-E) and his interpreter are meeting with the ANP (Afghan National Police) Chief in the town of Khost in Southeastern Afghanistan to review local situations and provides mentorship on several issues. The two work out logistical and tactical problems and ensure that they are working with coordinated efforts toward common strategic goals. The interpreter is covering his face so that he can’t be identified by anyone that may have ties with the Taliban or Al-Qaida. PMTs are training the ANP for combat (infantry and basic training) as well as police missions.

    Photographs taken by MSG Martin J. Cervantez on his deployment to Afghanistan were used as reference material for the painting.


  • Treacherous Corner
    3'x4'Oil Painting
    Hi-Res (824KB) (942x1500)

    Members of 3rd Platoon, Charlie Company, 1/26th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, negotiate a turn on a narrow road along the cliffs of a small village while a mounted patrol on 9 November, 2008. This type of road is very dangerous and leaves the patrol with nowhere to go if ambushed by the enemy. The soldiers on this patrol were stationed at FOB (Forward Operation Base) Blessing located in the north east part of Afghanistan near the Pakistan Border. Photographs taken by MSG Martin J. Cervantez on his deployment to Afghanistan were used as reference material for the painting.


  • Dust Devils
    Oil on canvas

    A mounted patrol convoy returns to FOB Salerno on November 14, 2008. The vehicle on the left is the Afghan National Police escorting mine-resistant vehicles from the 4th Battalion, 320th Field Artillery, Guns of Glory, 101st Airborne Division.


  • Heading Out
    Watercolor, on paper
    Hi-Res (481KB) (2000x1476)

    A squad of 101st Airborne Division soldiers are heading out of the wire on a dismounted patrol near FOB Gardez in Northeastern Afghanistan.


  • Extra Duty
    Watercolor, on paper
    Hi-Res (475KB) (2000x1351)

    A U.S. soldier from the 101st Airborne Division’s Aviation Regiment is painting Jersey Barriers while performing his extra duty at FOB Salerno.


  • Early Morning
    Watercolor, on paper
    Hi-Res (526KB) (2000x1481)

    A U.S. soldier conducts individual hygiene on Bagram Air Field in Northeastern Afghanistan.


  • U.S./Afghan Convoy
    Watercolor, on paper
    Hi-Res (432KB) (2000x1361)

    U.S. Army and Afghan National Army (ANA) vehicles travel through rolling terrain between villages during a Humanitarian Assistance Mission.


  • Patrolling from the Turret
    Watercolor, on paper
    Hi-Res (377KB) (2000x1305)

    A soldier keeps watch from his turret during a security halt while on a mounted combat patrol near the city of Khowst, Northeastern Afghanistan.


  • Training in Iraq
    Watercolor, on paper
    Hi-Res (538KB) (1441x2000)

    SPC Amanda Erskine from the 4th Psychological Operations Group practices her I.V. administering skills during a Special Operations Combat Lifesaver training event conducted during OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM near Camp Slayer outside of Baghdad.


Biography


Master Sergeant Martin J. Cervantez enlisted in the Army Signal Corps in July 1986 as an 81E, Illustrator. During his first enlistment he was assigned to Company A, 6th Psychological Operations Battalion. He was later detailed to the then recently reactivated 9th Psychological Operations Battalion, which deployed in support of Operations DESERT SHIELD and DESERT STORM while attached to the 5th Special Forces Group, 1st Special Forces Regiment.

His assignments include Graphics NCOIC for the, S-3 Operations, HHD, 509th Signal Battalion at Camp Darby, Italy from November 1991 to July 1992 and later with the 7th Signal Brigade in Karlsruhe, Germany from December 1992 to April 1994. He was selected by the Department of the Army to be a Drill Sergeant and successfully completed two years of drill sergeant duty for Basic Combat Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina.

In June 2000, while serving as platoon sergeant for 2d Platoon, 55th Signal Company, he led Combat Camera teams during a deployment to Kosovo and again as the Joint Combat Camera Team NCOIC for Reception, Staging, Onward Movement and Integration (RSOI)/Foal Eagle 2002. He later served as First Sergeant for Company B, 3rd Psychological Operations Battalion from September 2002 until March 2005. While serving in this position, he deployed in support of the Global War on Terrorism to Iraq and Afghanistan. He also saw duty as a branch manager at the Army Human Resources Command in Alexandria, Virginia. He attended the United States Army Sergeant's Major Academy's nine month resident Sergeant Major Course and graduated in May 2008 with Class 58.

He is a former Artist in Residence at the U.S. Army Center of Military History where he was responsible for capturing the Army's history on paper and canvas. He deployed to Afghanistan in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM from February to April 2011 and from September to December 2008. He was also deployed in support of Operation UNIFIED RESPONSE in Haiti from January-February 2010. During these deployments he produced artwork that visually recorded Soldiers’ experiences the Army’s achievements.

Two of his oil paintings were recently featured in the National Constitution Center’s public exhibition “Art of the American Soldier” in Philadelphia. Master Sergeant Cervantez is a self-taught artist who has created art since he was a child.

top