Victoria Martinez

Email

victoriamartinezstudio@gmail.com

About

2021

Victoria Martinez is an interdisciplinary artist who honors her Mexican-American ancestry through textile-based projects including installation, painting, and printmaking. Her work is inspired by public art, ancient sites, architecture, and the urban environment. 

She has exhibited nationally and internationally including the Yale University Art Gallery, the National Museum of Mexican Art, the University of Chicago Arts Incubator, Northwestern University, and through the Perrotin Gallery viewing salon. Her work has been supported by The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library Research Fellowship and The MacMillian Center Field Research Fellowship through Yale University, the Actos de Confianza Grant through the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC), the Career Development Grant through the American Association of University Women, and a travel grant through Theaster Gates Rebuild Foundation. 

Martinez holds a BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and an MFA from Yale University School of Art in Painting and Printmaking. She currently teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of Illinois at Chicago. Upcoming projects include an artist feature in New American Paintings and solo exhibitions at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles and The Chicago Cultural Center.

Education

2020

Yale University School of Art, Master of Fine Arts in Painting / Printmaking

2010

Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Bachelor of Fine Arts

2008

California College of the Arts, Semester Study in Community Arts

Awards + Residencies+ Fellowship

2021

Emergency Grant, Foundation for Contemporary Art, New York, NY

Faculty Enrichment Grant, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

1xn Printmaking Invitational, Spudnik Press, Chicago, IL

2020

Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library Research Fellowship, Yale University, New Haven, CT

2021 Michigan Avenue Galleries Grant, Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events / Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL

Actos de Confianza Grant, National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC), San Antonio, TX

Micro-Grant, Red Bull Arts, Detroit, MI / New York, NY

Impact Fund Grant, Propeller Fund, Chicago, IL

2019

Materia Abierta Summer Program, National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), Mexico City, MX

MacMillan Center Field Research Fellowship, Yale University, New Haven, CT

Career Development Grant, American Association of University Women, Washington, D.C.

2018

Artist-in-Residence Travel Grant, Theaster Gates Rebuild Foundation, Chicago, IL

2017

Artist-in-Residence, Arts + Public Life and the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture at the University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Acting Up Award, The Chicago Community Trust and Goodcity, Chicago, IL

2016

Julie Reynolds Shaw Memorial Award, Recipient, written with Urban Gateways, Chicago, IL

Planeterra Foundation Visiting Artist Residency, Ccaccaccollo, Peru

2014

ACRE Artist Residency, Steuben, WI

ACRE Marwen Alumni Scholarship, Chicago, IL

2012

Chicago Artists Month featured Artist, Chicago, IL

Spudnik Press Cooperative Artist Residency, Chicago, IL

2011

Arquetopia Foundation for Development Artist Residency, Puebla, Mexico

2010

Community Service and Professional Development Grant/AmeriCorps, Baltimore, Maryland

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2022

Title TBD, San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, San Jose, CA

2021

Next Chapter, Tiger Strikes Asteroid, curated by Eva Mayhabal Davis, Chicago, IL 

Cuatro Mapas, Chicago Athletic Association, Chicago, IL

2018

Celestial House, Loyola University Museum of Art, Chicago, IL

2017

Channeling Ollantaytambo, Washington State University, Pullman, Washington

2016

Wizard Can, Dittmar Memorial Gallery at Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

2015

Eleven Eleven, Comfort Station, Chicago, IL

2013

Street Puzzles, Spudnik Press Cooperative, Chicago, IL

2012

Other Side Breathing, Cobalt Studio, Chicago, IL

2011

Pills Posted, Golden Stone, The Metro Gallery, Baltimore, MD

Selected Exhibitions

2021

XX, LatchKey Gallery, New York, NY

2020

Yale Painting & Printmaking MFA 2020, Perrotin Gallery, New York, NY

Shifting sights, A R E A Gallery, Boston, MA

Only When You Are Called: MFA Thesis, Yale University Green Hall Gallery, New Haven, CT

2019

Odds and Ends Art Book Fair, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT

Second Year exhibition, Green Gallery at Yale University School of Art, New Haven, CT

Beginning to See the Light, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL

2018

Run What You Brung! : MFA 2020 First Year Exhibition, Green Gallery at Yale University School of Art, New Haven, CT

Carrying A Place Called Home, University of Chicago Arts Incubator, Chicago, IL

Moments in Between, LVL3, Chicago, IL

DOCK 6 Design & Art 11, DOCK 6 Collective, Chicago, IL

Peeling Off The Grey, National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, IL

Expansive Threads, Latino Arts Gallery, Milwaukee, WI

Queer Tropics, Transformer, Washington, DC

2017

Prints of Unusual Size, Hoofprint Workshop, Chicago, IL

Outside Jokes, DEMO Project, Springfield, IL

Flatfiles, Goldfinch Gallery, Chicago, IL

Queer Tropics, Pelican Bomb Gallery, New Orleans, LA

Sí, Se Puede, Glass Curtain Gallery, Chicago, IL

Luscious Saturn, Roots and Culture, Chicago, IL

Present Futures: Strategies Toward Emancipation, GBU Gallery at University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL

Memoria Presente, National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, IL

2016

Present Standard, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL 

Shared Language, University of Chicago Arts Incubator, Chicago, IL 

Sabina Ott: Who Cares for the Sky?, fiber contribution, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL

PDF-OBJECTS, Mana Contemporary, Chicago, IL 

Yelling At the Sky, Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, Chicago, IL 

The Annual: Showroom, Chicago Artists Coalition, Chicago, IL 

Journey of the Soul, National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, IL 

Minimum Requirement, Silent Funny, Chicago, IL

Wonder Twin Powers, The West Wall, Chicago, IL  

¿Qué Pasa, USA?, La Esquina Gallery, Kansas City, MO

Pierce the Veil, Heaven Gallery, Chicago, IL 

Welcome to the End, The Franklin, Chicago, IL

2015

Perto de Lá, Galeria do Jardim, Museu de Arte da Bahia, Salvador, Brazil 

Field for Play, O’Connor Art Gallery at Dominican University, River Forest, IL 

La Muerte Niña, National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, IL  

Terrain Biennial, Terrain Exhibitions, Chicago, IL

Neon Dreams, Threewalls, Chicago, IL

OUTRO, ACRE Projects, Chicago, IL

2014

Border Crossings: Mexico/USA, National Museum of Mexican Art at EXPO Chicago 

Material World, Terrain Exhibitions, Oak Park, IL 

Temporary Allegiance, Gallery 400, Chicago, IL

Dos Calaveras, Hoofprint Workshop, Chicago, IL

Bare Bones, The Franklin, Chicago, IL

Interlacing Threads, Hokin Gallery at Columbia College, Chicago, IL

Bibliography

2021

The Latinx Project at New York University

“Mapping Intuition: An Interview with Victoria Martinez”

Terremoto 

“XX: seis artistas mujeres latinx en Latchkey Gallery, EUA

Artnet News (Cristina Cruz)

“Editors’ Picks: 11 Events for Your Art Calendar This Week”

Artishock Revista 

“Two Exhibitions Highlight Latinx Artists’ Abstract Approach”

2020

Duke University Press (Arlene Dávila)

Latinx Art: Artists, Markets, and Politics” - 2020, 184

Artnet News (Caroline Goldstein)

“Yale Painting & Printmaking MFA 2020” 

Newcity Magazine (Red Bull Arts)

“The 2020 Design Issue” - 2020, 16

2019

Poetry Magazine | Poetry Foundation (Fred Sasaki)

“Pantry Secrets”, “Pillow Talk”, “Hoyne” – 2019, 22-27

Arts Council Greater New Haven (Jamiah Green) 

“A mural Blooms at Wilson” – May 13, 2019

2018

Chicago Tribune (Morgan Smith)

“Reclaimed art steals the spotlight at Loyola University Museum of Art’s summer exhibitions” – July 6, 2018

Sixty Inches From Center (Lynnette Miranda)

“Unwavering Motivation: Victoria Martinez’s Mark on Chicago” – June 22, 2018

The Rib (Amanda Jirón-Murphy)

“Queer Tropics Response” – May 1, 2018

The Washington Post (Mark Jenkins)

“In the galleries: Images in ‘Weather the Storm’ are both reassuring and ominous” – April 13, 2018

Gambit Weekly (D. Eric Bookhardt)

“Review: Grassroots and Queer Tropics” – February 12, 2018

Filthy Dreams (Emily Colucci)

“Stranded In The Jungle: Exoticism And Resistant Illegibility In “Queer Tropics” – January 12, 2018

2017

LVL3 (Vincent Uribe)

“Artist of the Week: Victoria Martinez” - November 28, 2017

Lumpen Radio | 105.5 FM Chicago (Stephanie Manriquez)

“Contratiempo Radio” - August 6, 2017

Chicago Tribune (Lori Waxman)

“National Museum of Mexican Art celebrates its 30th with a protest party” - July 5, 2017

Poetry Magazine | Poetry Foundation (Fred Sasaki)

“Nuestra Piel” – April 2017 cover art

2016

Informality Art + Culture Blog (Olivia Clanton)   

“Victoria Martinez Highlights the Energy of Urban Sites” - November 28, 2016

Charlotte Street Foundation (Charlie Tatum)

“Loose Threads: Weaving Latinx Narratives of Hybridity and Multiplicity” - November 23, 2016

Theaster Gates / Rebuild Foundation (Brooklyn Smith)

“Victoria Martinez: A Glorious Studio Visit in Little Village” - May 25, 2016

Northwestern University (Judy Moore)

“Nothing goes to waste in Wizard Can” - April 8, 2016

2015

Present Standard (Kristin Korolowicz)

“Soft Monuments” catalog essay – February 1, 2016   

Inside/Within (Kate Sierzputowski)

“Victoria Martinez's Sparkly Detritus” - July 1, 2016

2014

Thames and Hudson (Kristi O'Meara and Audrey Victoria Keiffer)

“The Pattern Base: Over 550 Contemporary Textile and Surface Designs” – 2015, 259

The University of Chicago Press (Mary Jane Jacob, Kate Zeller, and Rebecca Zorach)

“Art Against the Law” – 2014, 115-116

Public Art

2020

Intersecting Histories II, Wilson Branch Library / Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT

2019

Intersecting Histories, mural, Wilson Branch Library / Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT

2018

All for One, parachute cloth mural, Pickard Elementary School / Urban Gateways, Chicago, IL

Barrio Fruit, parachute cloth mural, Olín Studio, Chicago, IL

2017

Championing Neighborhood Memories, parachute cloth mural, Pickard Elementary School / Urban Gateways, Chicago, IL  

2016

Traveling Minds, outdoor mixed media installation, National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, IL

2013

Gallery 37 Center for the Arts, mosaic murals, After School Matters, assistant to Mirtes Zwierzynski, Chicago, IL

2012

Sketchbook Exploration, mural, Yollocalli Arts Reach / National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, IL 

2011

Hampstead Hill Garden, parachute cloth mural, AmeriCorps / Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD

2010

Colegio Miguel Asturias School, mural, Quetzaltenango, Guatemala

Selected Presentation + Lecture

2021

In The Studio: Victoria Martinez, Visual Arts at Americas Society, New York, NY 

CALA Presenta > Charlas, CALA Alliance (Celebración Artística de las Américas), Phoenix, AZ

In Conversation with Arlene Davila, Latchkey Gallery, New York, NY

2020

American Association of University Women Artist Presentation, Eastern Connecticut State University, Windham, CT

Abstracted Landscapes with Victoria Martinez, Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance, Chicago, IL

El Salón, digital conversation with Eva Mayha Davis, New York, NY

2019

Public Art Lecture, Yale School of Architecture, New Haven, CT

Latinx Artivisim, The Latino Cultural Center at Yale University, New Haven, CT

2018

Art and Poetry: Victoria Martinez and José Olivarez, Loyola University Museum of Art, Chicago, IL  

Archives + Futures Interview, ACRE Projects, Chicago, IL 

Collective Threads, University of Chicago Arts Incubator, Chicago, IL

Artists in Conversation: Victoria Martinez and Edra Soto, Loyola University Museum of Art, Chicago, IL 

Carrying A Place Called Home Panel Discussion, University of Chicago Arts Incubator, Chicago, IL  

Ox-Bow Visiting Artist Lecture, Ox-Bow School of Art, Saugatuck, MI

Imagining Alternative Models & Practice, Ox-Bow School of Art, Saugatuck, MI 

Weaving Patterns and Perceptions, Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture at the University of Chicago

2017

Artist-in-Residence panel talk, University of Chicago Arts Incubator, Chicago, IL 

Legacies of the Wall of Respect: Art, Politics, and Public Space, Block Museum of Art, Evanston, IL

Nurturing Experimental Spaces for Learning and Making, Logan Center for the Arts, Chicago, IL 

Traveling Minds: The power of youth and contemporary art, Open Engagement Conference, Chicago, IL         

Channeling Ollantaytambo Artist Talk, Washington State University, Pullman, WA

2016

The Making of the Equitable City, Latino Art Now Conference, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL

Living in the Present Panel, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL

Collections

2021

The EQ Space Collection, Willis Tower, Chicago, IL

Private Collections, New York, NY  and Las Vegas, NV

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