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Ilyana Martinez
updated: 10/20/2009
website: www.ilyanamartinez.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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art-medium
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Compact Community
Spring Arrival
Lake and Island
The Towers
Red Rhythm
Blue Window
Spring Thaw
New Perspectives
Map Landscape
Bluff
Amid the Lake
Elevated Roots
Houses
Sequences
Gathering
 
Portfolio Keywords:  gestural, urban, organic, mapping, nature, architecture, futuristic, landscape, meditative
 
 
Compact Community by Ilyana Martinez
Compact Community
gouache, pencil, ink on paper
2009
7.5 " x  11 " 
Spring Arrival by Ilyana Martinez
Spring Arrival
gouache, pencil, ink on paper
2009
11 " x  7.5 " 
Lake and Island by Ilyana Martinez
Lake and Island
watercolour, gouache, pencil, ink on paper)
2009
11 " x  7.5 " 
The Towers by Ilyana Martinez
The Towers
gouache, watercolour, pencil, ink on paper
2009
11 " x  7.5 " 
Red Rhythm by Ilyana Martinez
Red Rhythm
watercolour, ink on paper
2009
7.75 " x  5.75 " 
Blue Window by Ilyana Martinez
Blue Window
watercolour, ink on paper
2009
7.75 " x  5.75 " 
Spring Thaw by Ilyana Martinez
Spring Thaw
watercolour, pencil, ink on paper
2008
11 " x  15 " 
New Perspectives by Ilyana Martinez
New Perspectives
watercolour, pencil, ink on paper
2008
15 " x  11 " 
Map Landscape by Ilyana Martinez
Map Landscape
gouache, pencil, ink on amate (bark paper)
2007
12" x  8" 
Bluff by Ilyana Martinez
Bluff
gouache, pencil, ink on amate (bark paper)
2007
11" x  8" 
Amid the Lake by Ilyana Martinez
Amid the Lake
gouache, pencil, ink on amate (bark paper)
2007
8" x  12" 
Elevated Roots by Ilyana Martinez
Elevated Roots
gouache, pencil, ink on amate (bark paper)
2007
8" x  12" 
Houses by Ilyana Martinez
Houses
gouache, pencil, ink on amate (bark paper)
2007
8" x  12" 
Sequences by Ilyana Martinez
Sequences
gouache, pencil, ink on amate (bark paper)
2007
8" x  12" 
Gathering by Ilyana Martinez
Gathering
gouache, pencil, ink on amate (bark paper)
2007
8" x  12" 

Artist Statement

This work portrays imagined places of line, gesture and colour, where contrasting worlds of the city and the natural environment fuse to create alternate possibilities.

Some were created on amate, a bark paper from Mexico handmade by the Otomí through a traditional process. The paper was first used by the Mexica (Aztecs) to record major events of their history and culture in codices. Today, the Otomí use amate to make elaborate ceremonial cuttings and tempera paintings describing aspects of daily life. 

Artist Bio / CV

Ilyana Martínez was born in Toronto to a Mexican father and Canadian mother, and was raised in Pittsburgh and in Mexico City. She lives in Toronto where she has an art and design studio. 

Martínez graduated from the Ontario College of Art & Design in 2002, with a major in Drawing and Painting. Previous studies include a Bachelor of Design at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, and an exchange program at Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication in the UK. In the past, she has been involved in design endeavours with prominent museums in Canada such as The Manitoba Museum (Winnipeg), the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology (Drumheller), and the Glenbow Museum (Calgary). 

She has won numerous awards and grants for her drawings and paintings, among these an award from the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour, an Honourable Mention in watercolour from the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, and the WO Forsyth Award from OCAD. In 2007, she participated in a multidisciplinary art residency in Trsic, Serbia.