Fabiola Martinez was born in Mexico. She earned a degree in architecture from the Instituto Tecnológico de Querétaro. Several years ago she moved to Canada and now considers both Mexico and Canada her home.
Fabiola is now working as an artist, combining her architectural background with the use of natural materials in her artwork as a means of preserving ancestral techniques. Her work is distinguished by the use of Cochineal, a natural dye derived from “carmine”, a pigment produced by a beetle (Dactylopius coccus) that is found on cacti in South America. Creating compositions with natural objects, Fabiola entwines her native Mexican roots with her present life in Canada. She creates her artwork to reflect the patterns of our ecosystem – patterns that can be found as symmetry, repetition, the golden rule and the natural movement of water. Her exploration with cochineal has been led Fabiola down exciting new paths to create strong abstracts and architecturally inspired works. By using Grana Cochinilla, Fabiola is preserving an ancient technique that does not harm the environment and is beautiful in its natural way. Her recent series of cityscape are a vibrant depiction beyond the scope of formal architectural drawings. They burst with colour, and capture the light, and life, of her adopted home.
GRANTS AND AWARDS
2016 Travelling Grant, Participation in the educational mission to SOFA Chicago 2016, Department of Tourism, Haritage and Culture of New Brunswick.
2016 Immigrant Entrepreneur Nomination, Fusion Saint John
2015 Creation Grant, Scarlet Thorns ArtsNB
2013 Traveling Grant, Vida, LVII Legislatura del Estado de Querétaro
2011 Grant Saint John Original Project, Art as a peaceful means of expression, ArtsNB
2010 First Place Art contest Bring your own bag, Saint John Green feet
2003 Cultural Merit Award
Instituto Tecnologico de Queretaro
Jury member of The New Brunswick Crafts Council http://www.nbcraftscouncil.ca
WEAD—Women Environmental Artists www.weadartists.org
LACAP-The Latin American-Canadian Art Projects www.lacap.ca
ArtsLink NB www.artslinknb.com
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