Artist Statement:
“I consider the human body a biological statement that includes intricate structure and complex diversity. It is a holder of experiences: private, public and social. I see it as a landscape of cells that form organs, that form systems. I move from shape-to-shape, work-to-work, searching deep within the nooks and crannies. Where is its source? Is there a narrative?

I am best known for life-size human studies of family and frieinds. Fascinated with anatomy and physiology, I appreciate learning how we are similar and how we vary. In my studio, art books sit next to medical books that sit next to philosophy books. Both the arts and the sciences include study and practice, research and experimentation. I work to connect them in a creative and personal way. I’ve discovered that I like taking things apart and bringing them back together, on paper and/or on canvas.”

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Born in El Paso, Texas, Martinez earned a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts from the University of Texas at El Paso and Master’s in Fine Arts from New Mexico State University, Las Cruces. She has kept an ongoing artist blog for more than ten years and exhibited extensively in museums and galleries, including Nothing in Stasis (Solo) at Tucson Museum of Art, Nothing in Stasis (Solo) at Mesa Contemporary Arts, Nothing In Stasis (Solo) at University of Arizona Medical School ; Draw, the art of curiosity and innovation at Tempe Center for the Arts (Artist-in-Residence); Between Earth and Sky: Contemporary Art from the American Southwest in China and at the ASU Museum; Drawing with Everything, Art at the Cellular Level, and Beyond Boundaries, Map in Art, at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport Museum; AZ Biennial at Tucson Art Museum, and notably State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now at Crystal Bridges Museum. Her work can be found in both public and private collections across the United States. Monica lives and work in Phoenix with her husband, Eddie, and cat, Issa. She teaches drawing at Phoenix College.


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