Sopa de Gabi
An exhibition of prints by Gabriela Martinez
Curated by Jillian Nakornthap
Saturday, September 4, 2010
7 p.m.-10 p.m.
Soup in its simplest of forms has the most complex histories behind them. As the first bite hits your palette, you experience ingredients that come from all over the world, mixing and mingling together to form a collectively delectable dish. Gabriela Martinez acknowledges the significance of soups both culturally and personally and will often incorporate caldos, or soups, in her work. Coming from a multicultural background, the prints become Martinez's stew as she blends together personal storytelling with the history of printmaking to make a unique allegory, allowing the viewer to not only get a taste of Martinez's life but the aroma of the printmakers that came before her. - Jillian Nakornthap, Curator
Gabriela Martinez was born in 1977 in Los Angeles, California. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Art at the La Sierra University in Riverside. From there she went onto pursue her Masters in Fine Arts with an emphasis in Printmaking at California State University Long Beach. This is where she began to flourish as a young printmaker and her work began to be shown more consistently. Her work has been displayed in such venues as the Getty Gallery, La Mano Press and Mexican Cultural Institute. 2009 proved to be a successful year for Martinez participating in not one but two solo exhibitions, Historias/Histories, Brandstater Art Gallery, La Sierra University, Riverside, California and Recent Work, Scuda, Long Beach, California. Among her many accomplishments, she was recently awarded Rising Star Alumni Award from La Sierra University. She lives and work in Long Beach.
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