Naomi Martinez

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Artist Statement:
Monstrochika sprouted from my imagination sometime in 2000. She came to life inside a swirl of vibrant colors surrounded by magical monster sidekicks. I had been drawing cartoonish girls since my high school days but this one stood out to me. She had a unique expression and a stance that I loved. I sketched more of these girls and pretty soon a whole imaginary world of flytraps and strange shaped flora spilled out. My work is mostly about me in a world I created, in which I never really grow up. My siblings and I grew up too fast in a house with domestic violence. I make art to bring color and joy into the world. It makes me and those that see it happy and keeps helping me heal.
Relationship to Chicago:
I was raised in the Logan Square neighborhood and have resided in Bucktown, Bridgeport, Pilsen and now Berwyn. I started on my artistic path as part of the first roll out of the Gallery 37 Apprentice Artist program. I have been a teaching artist and active community artist in Pilsen and Little Village for close to 15 years. I am currently working with Mujeres Mutantes Art Collective and the People's School to bring art programming to The Port Ministries in the Back of the Yards neighborhood.
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Places Of Residency:
Chicago, IL
Art Form:
Drawing, Fiber Art, Illustration, Mixed Media, Painting, Urban Art.