Nathalie Martinez

BFA, Drawing

Artist Statement

As a Mexican American, living in the United States at a tumultuous time between the two countries, I make paintings lifting up and exploring my Mexican culture. Growing up, my parents frequently took me on visits to our hometown of Durango, Mexico, where I learned about my family’s heritage and traditions in a scenic landscape. These settings and their people as well as their animals play a primary role in my surrealist paintings, with techniques and materials that have historically portrayed other cultural viewpoints. 

Since Vaqueros/Charros and their horses are based off from the everyday life in rural Mexico, these elements are used and helped me create journey like imaginations aside from reality. Switching their roles is the one thing that is changed in my paintings, presenting the idea of how different they are in what they do when compared to each other.

The Unexpected Aftermath, 2020
Oil on Canvas, 36″x52″

Charro Desde Niño, 2021
Oil on Canvas, 24″x30″

Nopal, 2021
Watercolor on Paper, 14″x22″

La Cabalgata, 2021
Oil on Canvas, 48″x60″

Charro Desde Niño #2, 2021
Oil on Canvas, 24″x24″

Nopal #2, 2021
Watercolor on Paper, 20″x22″

Nathalie Martinez

BFA, Drawing

Artist Statement

As a Mexican American, living in the United States at a tumultuous time between the two countries, I make paintings lifting up and exploring my Mexican culture. Growing up, my parents frequently took me on visits to our hometown of Durango, Mexico, where I learned about my family’s heritage and traditions in a scenic landscape. These settings and their people as well as their animals play a primary role in my surrealist paintings, with techniques and materials that have historically portrayed other cultural viewpoints. 

Since Vaqueros/Charros and their horses are based off from the everyday life in rural Mexico, these elements are used and helped me create journey like imaginations aside from reality. Switching their roles is the one thing that is changed in my paintings, presenting the idea of how different they are in what they do when compared to each other.

The Unexpected Aftermath, 2020
Oil on Canvas, 36″x52″

Charro Desde Niño, 2021
Oil on Canvas, 24″x30″

Nopal, 2021
Watercolor on Paper, 14″x22″

La Cabalgata, 2021
Oil on Canvas, 48″x60″

Charro Desde Niño #2, 2021
Oil on Canvas, 24″x24″

Nopal #2, 2021
Watercolor on Paper, 20″x22″

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