Bernadette Martinez

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Sampaguita, Life and Perseverance, June 1, 2014 Linocut Print 24 X 20 © Bernadette Martinez (c) 2014
Sampaguita, Life and Perseverance, May 11, 2014 Linocut Print 24 X 20 © Bernadette Martinez (c) 2014
La Jota Manilena
The One
Quick Facts
Manila, Philippines
Birth year
Lives in
Alameda, California
Works in
San Francisco, California
Representing galleries
Studios Eleven

     Bernadette Martinez was born in the Philippines and raised by her grandparents until the age of nine. She came to United States with her older sister to reunite with her mother and father. Bernadette’s grandparents influenced her the most because she admired their tenacity and humble spirit to all.

     As a young girl in the Philippines, creativity kept herself busy with no television or radio. She learned the art elements by local jeepney artisans and used the extra materials to make clothing or toy. Her artworks exemplifies based on childhood memories, Filipino culture and colorful environments of past and present.

     In creating her prints, her inspirations are the environment, her cultural background and spiritual aspects with the Higher Divines. As one views her artworks, the image concepts is a visual story and her gouges are predominantly are textured in free-styled.

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