Poli Marichal

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Mythology, 2002 Acrylic And Pigments Over Muslin
Anchored Flight, 2005 Acrylic Paint Over Burlap
Genesis, 2008 Monoprint Mixed Media 12" X12" © ©2008 Poli Marichal
H20, 2007 Reduction Linocuts 36" X 48" (One Of Four Different Panels) © ©los de abajo printmaking collective
Tendremos que crecer alas (We'll have to grow wings), 2006 Linocut, Silk Etching, Collagraph, Embossing 22" X 30" © ©2006 Poli Marichal
When I was a tree, 2008 Woodcut 60" X 24" © ©Poli Marichal 2008
Exodus Graphicus, 2004 Linocut 8' X 12' © ©Poli Marichal 2008
A very wise tree, 2008 Mixed Media On Paper 22" X 30" © ©Poli Marichal 2008
Vigilia (Vigil), 2006 Linocut And Embossing 22" X 30" © polimarichal, 2006
Riders of the Storm, 2009 Mixed Media Drawing 22" X 20" © Poli Marichal, 2009
Cain's Legacy, 2007 Silk Etching © polimarichal, 2007
The travails of Hercules, 2009 Acrylic On Canvas 30" X 20" © Poli Marichal, 2009
Mujer de Fuego, 2008 Six Color Silkscreen 22" X 16" © Poli Marichal, 2008
Trees Can Dream, 2008 Monotype / Mixed Media 30" X 22" © ©2008Poli Marichal
Keeping Faith Alive, 2008-09 Acrylic And Oil On Canvas 24" X 24" © © Poli Marichal
Dream, 2009 Linocut/Chine Collé/ Monotype 12" X 9" © ©2009, Poli Marichal
Vigilia (Vigil), 2006 Color Linocut/Embossing 30" X 22" © ©2006, Poli Marichal
Blueprint for a Better World, 2009 Letterpress/ Watercolor, Ink 17" X 12" © polimarichal, 2009
Angel of Peace, 2009 Color Linocut 6" X 4" © polimarichal, 2009
I see, 2009 Acrylic On Wood Panel 8 1/4" X 8 1/4" © polimarichal, 2009
Poster for event, combine of prints, 2010 Linocut, Chine Colle´, Collagraph 8.5" X 5" © Los De Abajo Printmaking Collective
Thirst (Sed), 2007 Color Woodcut Over Vinyl, Tree Branches, Leather Cord © polimarichal, 2007
Air, 2011 Handprinted Woodcuts And Encaustic On Mulberry Paper 74" X 24" © 2011 Poli Marichal
4, June 4 - July 16 Painting, Mixed Media Various
Mare Obscurum, 2012 Linocut On Duralar 22" X 29.5" © polimarichal
Truncus, 2012 Linocut / Lino Etch And Tinted Glaze Over Duralar 23" X 29.5" © 2012 polimarichal
Jail Birds, 2012 Woodcut And Stenciled Letters Over Duralar 25" X 40" © 2012, polimarichal
Mare Obscurum, 2012 Linocut And Hand Tinting On Duralar 22" X 29.5" © 2012, polimarichal
© Courtesy of the Artist and Mission Cultural Center For Latino Arts
Transformations, 2014 Woodcut, Linocut, Collagraph, Monotype On Washi Paper 40" X 36" © losdeabajoprintmakingcollective, 2014
Chaos Theory, 2009 Linocut 26" X 26" © 2009, polimarichal
Cuerpo Herido, 2016 Acrylic Paint, Wood Panels, Carved Wood 26x30
Quick Facts
Lives in
Los Angeles, CA
Works in
Los Angeles, CA
Mass College of Art -Boston, 1982, MFA
Escuela de Artes Plasticas -San Juan, PR, 1977, BFA
Escola Massana -Barcelona, Spain, 1976, 2 yr. scholarship
collective printmaking encaustic mixed media puppets, painting, drawing, figurative, mixed-media, installation, video-art, performance, surrealism, modern, photography, digital, exhibition/performance, Illustration, design, photo

Artist/filmmaker Poli Marichal was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico and presently resides in Los Angeles, California, where she has her studio. Her personal blend of expressionism and symbolism, realism and fantasy and her strong use of color reflect her strong Caribbean roots. Art critic, Myrna Rodríguez, of AICA, states in her introduction to the catalog of Marichal’s 2003 solo show, Trópico Fecundo, “By using an expressive figurative style, the artist manages to establish a personal iconography of great emotional force within the parameters of aesthetic quality.”

Marichal has a B.A in Printmaking from the School of Fine Arts of the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture and an MFA in Film from Massachusetts College of Art.  Among the grants she has been awarded are a Rockefeller Media Arts Fellowship and a New Works Grant from Massachusetts Council for the Arts. Her work has been exhibited in solo and collective exhibitions in the United States, Puerto Rico, Mexico and Europe. Two of her experimental films were selected for the exhibition Big as Life, An American History of 8mm Films at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. In 2006, several of her films were included in the retrospective of Puerto Rican experimental film and video, Rewind, rewind… organized by the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture.  That same year, one of her self-portraits was also included in the retrospective show, Autocontemplación-Autoretratos en Pintura at the University of Puerto Rico Museum of Anthropology, History and Art. In 2007, she participated in the traveling exhibition, Persistencia del Grabado Puertorriqueño, which had its opening at the Museo Las Américas in San Juan, Puerto Rico. In 2008, several of her prints were featured in the Consejo Grafico’s exhibition, Creando Fuerza, Cambio y Permanencia, at the Mexic-Arte Museum in Austin, Texas. In 2009, one of her prints was selected for the WCA/West”s exhibition, Women Artists On Immigration – Crossing Borders, Confronting Barries, Bridging Identities, curated by Alma Ruiz.

In the summer of 2008 she did a residency as part of the 18th Street Arts Complex Youth Outreach Program. The project she directed, The Santa Monica Codex, involved Latino youth in designing a monumental art book that was exhibited at the Virginia Avenue Park Community Center and the18th Street Arts Complex.

Since 1995, Marichal has made numerous mono silk-screens, etchings, linocut prints and woodcuts and participated in workshops and exhibitions at the renowned East Los Angeles visual arts center, Self-Help Graphics & Art, where she has also been a printmaking instructor. She has taught monoprint and mixed media printing techniques as well as given workshops to at-risk youth in the summer program, SOY Artista for two consecutive years. In 2006, she was the curator of the retrospective exhibition, Self-Help Graphics Revisited, a selection of 30 years of Self-Help Graphics prints at the Manhattan Beach Creative Arts Center. Concurrent with the exhibition, she also taught a printmaking class as part of the center’s Fall Arts Program. Marichal is also one of the founding members of Los de Abajo Printmaking Collective, an emerging group of artists whose works have been featured in exhibitions in California, Mexico and Texas.

In the spring of 2007, she directed the youth project, Highland Park Stories, for the non-profit organization, LA Commons.  Students from Franklin High School, Roosevelt High School and Los Angeles Community College were recruited to create, along with Marichal, a permanent mural of 16 2’x2’ carved wood panels that is now installed at a wall at Avenue 50 Studio gallery that faces the Gold Line Metro route. The group also printed the carved panels to create a monumental portable mural for traveling exhibitions.

In 2006, the independent feature film, Thieves and Liars, which she co-wrote, co-produced and co-directed with her husband, director Ricardo Méndez Matta was selected to be Puerto Rico’s entry to the Academy Awards for 2007. The film was very well received in film festivals in the United States and abroad and was bought by HBO.  Recently, Warner Home Video acquired the DVD distribution rights of the film.

Marichal’s paintings, prints and/or videos are in numerous private and public collections, among the latter: The Institute of Puerto Rican Culture, The University of Puerto Rico Museum of Anthropology, History and Art, Institute for Latino Studies – University of Notre Dame, The Benson Latin American Collection at the University of Texas at Austin, Self-Help Graphics and Art in East LA, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College, New York, California Ethnic and Multicultural Archives (CEMA), Department of Special Collections, Donald C. Davidson Library, at the University of Santa Barbara, Laguna Art Museum, Orange County Art Museum, Huntington Museum, University of Texas, Austin, and The Gerald Buck Collections, Mexican Fine Art Center Museum - Permanent Collection.


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