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.