My art studies range from private art studios to art schools in Florence, Italy and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. My experience traveling the world has deepened my appreciation for community and culture. I have produced an estimate of 60 commissions for clients spanning more than 12 years has been due to an ability to listen and deliver.
Imagine you are a child again. Recall the fascination and comfort of trees towering high above you, the seemingly endless expanse of the sky on a clear, sunny day. Smells and textures, colors and shapes told stories then. There was a sense of place. Even more importantly, there was a deep sense of experiencing place and time and… wonder.
Growing up between the two worlds of urbane Texas and coastal Mexico, Adriana Martinez’s young mind almost immediately latched onto art as a means of expressing the beautiful experiences and environments she encountered. Her tools back then were crayons. Those crayons soon evolved into a scholarship, and then into a life path.
Adriana has remained true to her love of art and native wonders ever since - a heartfelt pursuit which has led her all around the world from Texas to San Miguel de Allende to Florence, Italy; from Italy to Spain and Morocco; from Europe back to Mexico, dramatically steeped in its own complex web of histories and rich, resplendent cultures.
For Adriana, painting has become a means of giving back, of honoring the native landscape, of answering the persistent call within her toward creative expression and generosity. Adriana is a visual artist, a dream illustrator, a painter of souls. Her preferred medium is oil on canvas but her style is versatile, seamlessly matching any occasion.
Adriana Martinez is available for commissions, often working closely with private collectors and ethnic groups. She is also frequently sought after for various forms of portraiture, indigenous, and environmental art. Adriana currently lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her beautiful family, 3 dogs, 4 chickens, and 1 tortoise.
11/2/2017 Dia de Muertos Art Exhibit, ALAC Gallery, Phoenix, AZ
9/1/2017 Cihuatl-Mujer-Woman, ALAC, Gallery Phoenix, AZ
7/6/2017 Frida Birthday Bash, Luna Culture Lab, Phoenix, AZ
5/5/2017 Herberger Theater Live Painting, Phoenix, AZ
3/25/2017 World Poetry Day, ALAC Gallery, Phoenix, AZ
2/18/2017 “Vamonos para Tenotchtitlan”, ALAC Gallery, Phoenix, AZ
9/3/2016 La Visuality, ALAC Gallery, Phoenix, AZ
2015 Art sessions - Autism, Behavioral tendencies
6/2015 Art Camp, Adriana Martinez Atelier, McAllen,TX
12/2010 -6/2017 Commissions for Private Collectors
2014 Milano, Italy
3/2013-5/ 2013 RHH B-SCHOOL
4/ 2011 Mayan Nut Institute, Tempoal, Veracruz, MX
9/2009 – 11/2009 Save the Children, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, MX
9/2007- 2/2008 Painting & Drawing Instructor, Espacio Cultural Metropolitano, Tampico, Tamps, MX
10/2007 Festival de Tamaulipas, Exposición Colectiva
2007 Art Instructor, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Campus Tampico
7/2007 Recrearte, Casa de la Cultura, Tampico, Tamps.,MX
9/2006- 4/2007 Painting and Drawing Instructor, Espacio Cultural Metropolitano, Tampico, Tamps.
2007 Art Show “Nagual”, Galería La Cueva, Granada, Spain
4/2006 Colores de Mexico, Nuevo Santander Gallery, McAllen, TX
01/2006 -5/2006 Art Instructor, Las Tres Esferas , San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, MX
11/2004 "Color y Gente” Solo show, The Loft, McAllen, TX
11/2003 – 4/2007 Commissions for Private Collectors
11/2003 “Color y Gente” Solo show, Café bar. “La Rue”; Colectiva, CD. Juárez, CH, MX
10/2003 Premio Firenze. Florence, Italy
9/2003 “Premio Firenze” group show, Sardegna, Italy
7/2003 Main Street beautification, Trompe l’oeil Bagaladi, Calabria, Italy
3/2003 “Color y Gente” solo show, Galería Eco, Florence, Italy
2003 Premio Italia. Certaldo, Italy
2002 – 2003 Muralism and Trompe l’oeil, Istituto Spinelli, Florence, Italy
1999 – 2002 Studies inSan Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, MX
- Art History, Monotipe Impression, Batik, Drawing, Instituto Allende
- Painting, Christine Brundige, Instituto Allende
- Ilustration, Carlos Caban Studio
- Painting, Jack Hayes Studio
- Photography and Dark room, Joe Brenzo Studio
- Paper making, Margarita Orozco, Bellas Artes
- Children’s Art project, Valle del Maiz
- Exposición de Manualidades Indígenas
1997 – 1999 Advanced Drawing, Memorial High School, McAllen, TX
1996 – 1997 Advanced Painting and Drawing, Stratford High School, Houston, TX
1993 – 1996 Technical Drawing; children motivation program, Instituto Cultural Tampico, MX
My two consecutive years of work with the MayaNut Institute has been profoundly inspiring.
It allowed me to work side by side with women in several indigenous communities. I collaborated in the facilitations of the workshops both helping to fund them and physically providing the knowledge.
It is an organization that truly supports the economy, the environment and nutrition of families focusing on the mothers.
By regaining their knowledge of this amazing nut and it its benefits it serves as a means for the women to take care of themselves and their young.
I strongly recommend donating to this cause and taste the delicious food you can make with the Maya Nut.