Victoria Martinez

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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.



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


Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Bachelor of Fine Arts


California College of the Arts, Semester Study in Community Arts

Awards + Residencies+ Fellowship


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

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


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.


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


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


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

Planeterra Foundation Visiting Artist Residency, Ccaccaccollo, Peru


Elastic Arts Residency, with Logan Square Neighborhood Association youth, Chicago, IL


ACRE Artist Residency, Steuben, WI

ACRE Marwen Alumni Scholarship, Chicago, IL

Multiuso Artist Residency at Mana Contemporary / Propeller Fund, Chicago, IL


Chicago Artists Month featured Artist, Chicago, IL

Spudnik Press Cooperative Artist Residency, Chicago, IL


Arquetopia Foundation for Development Artist Residency, Puebla, Mexico


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

Selected Solo Exhibitions


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


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


Channeling Ollantaytambo, Washington State University, Pullman, Washington


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


Eleven Eleven, Comfort Station, Chicago, IL


Secret Gardens, Open Gallery, Nashville, TN

Street Puzzles, Spudnik Press Cooperative, Chicago, IL


Other Side Breathing, Cobalt Studio, Chicago, IL


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

Selected Exhibitions


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


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


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


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

From Pilsen to Pluto, Co-Prosperity Sphere, Chicago, IL

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

Code Switch, Yeah Maybe Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

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



Hyde Park Herald (Aaron Gettinger) “New Arts Incubator exhibition opens following artists’ residencies” – July 25, 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

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