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Carlos Martínez is a Spanish mime actor. He has participated in the formation of various theatre groups and has taught mime and theatre in public schools, at the University of Zaragoza and at numerous international art seminars. He has published two manuals on mime 'In Silence' and 'Word of Mime'.
Carlos Martínez in a mime performance


He was born the 30 September 1955 in Pravia (Asturiasmarker), Spainmarker. At the age of 12, he moved to Barcelonamarker and soon discovered his love for the dramatic arts while working in neighborhood theatre. He attended the pantomime school 'Taller de Mimo y Teatro Contemporáneo' (1980), the performing arts school 'El Timbal' (1981) and studied under professors such as 'Manuel Carlos Lillo' and 'Jorge Vera' (1982 –1987).

From 1982 onwards, Carlos Martínez has worked professionally as a mime artist all over the world.

Under the direction of 'Mercè Saumell' he has developed shows such as 'Books without Words', 'Silent Night' (there he performed in ensemble with some of his students), PianOmime (with the German pianist-composer, Johannes Nitsch), 'My Bible' and 'The Human Rights'.

He has toured extensively in Europe with the Zahorí theatre company presenting 'The Golden Rule/Learning by Doing — A Celebration of our Differences in an Open Europe'. This project involved drama in adult education and was sponsored by the Socrates Fund of the EU.

Prizes and distinctions

  • Performed at the arts festivals Mime Champagne and Mim D’Or in France.
  • Done television for BBC, TVE, TV3, ZDFmarker
  • His program Hand Made received the prize of honor, voted by the audience as the best show, of the 2004 Almada Theatre Festival.
  • The German foundation Bibel und Kultur awarded Carlos Martínez its annual prize for 2002 that goes to an artist who communicates biblical content through media of modern art.
  • In November 2006 the production "Human Rights" was nominated for the Adam Award of the International Sabaoth Filmfestival of Milan (category: feature documentary)
  • In August 2009 "Books without Words" was chosen by the audience as the winner of the 5th edition of the TeatroAgosto festival held in Fundão, Portugal.


  • Book: In Silence (1992; published in Spanish, German and French, German title: Stille Kunst)
  • Book: Word of Mime (1995, published in German and French, German title: Pantomimenwort)
  • Book: Ungeschminkte Weisheiten (2009, published in German)
  • DVD: My Bible (2003)
  • DVD: Human Rights (2005)
  • DVD: Hand Made (2007)

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