María Martínez-Cañas is celebrated as one of the most important and influential Cuban born American artists of today. By choosing not to use any of the traditional techniques in photography, Martínez-Cañas has remained dedicated to experimental methods throughout her career. Formally compared to the Dadaists, she has truly made the medium her own with her unique processes and exploratory advances within the foundations of the art.
Her career began in 1982 and has since been shown countless times across the nation. She has received many awards and commissions andcontinuously proves to be a primary contender in the contemporary art world.
In 2007 she began Tracings, which is an integral componentof an encompassing body of work titled Tetralogy.Tetralogy represents a four-part autobiographical journey that Martínez-Cañas defines as, “a never-ending struggle to define our multiple selves”.The layers of information and tracings overlap the photographic images as a means of creating a new past and present. A great number of Martínez-Cañas’ worksattempt to capture “false memories” (imagining what life could have been had her parents remained in Cuba instead of going into exile). This may help her define her place in the world.
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