Martha Rodriguez is a self taught, Chicana artist. Originally from San Jose, California she has been a resident of San Francisco for many years. Martha has a degree in Social Welfare from U.C. Berkeley and worked in the field of Public Health at the onset of the AIDS epidemic in the 1980’s. She helped with researching the causes and effects of HIV during that time.
When her son and daughter were born, she began to volunteer in their schools creating Chicano culture related art curriculum to share with the students. It was then that she began to explore her own art form making jewelry, crafts and painting.
Always intrigued by color, cultures, creativity and lifestyles, Martha continues to create one of a kind jewelry with an emphasis on bright colors, beadwork and Dia de los Muertos / Frida Kahlo iconography. Her home accessories also highlight Latino icons with an assortment of crowns, crosses framed in shadow boxes. Martha’s paintings, also rich in color carry on the thread of Chicano themes and also explore the beauty of women’s powerful bodies as a more natural alternative to the gaunt images seen in fashion magazines.
In life, Martha was diagnosed with Leukemia in 2010. As a cancer survivor, she lives each day enriched by the challenges she faces, every smile she receives and laugh she can share. She sees life as a myriad of bright colors she hopes to express in the artwork she creates.
WELL....I've been absent from blog posts for 2 1/2 months. Whew....where did the time go and what was I doing??
First, let's just get this part out of the way. I had my two year Leukemia diagnosis anniversary on November 30th, 2012. Instead of feeling celebratory, I felt sad and ever so slightly hopeless. For the life of…
Looking for Latina Artists who are interested in collaborating on sharing and promoting their art. I am looking for artists willing to let me use their art for my blog posts, in return, I will pin your art on my pinterest site and promote you on twitter and facebook when I promote my blogs and my business, raices y almas.
All art will have a caption and a credit...linked to your ABLA page
and all pinterest pins will go back to your page as well.
Martha Thank you for sharing It must have been hard to use her image. But like you said it is good to honor her. And as for this side of California everything is swell. I am going to a ceramic class on Saturday taught by Irma Montelongo of Art By Latina Artist. I am so excited to learn something new. I love your etsy store I will tell my friends about it. right now
Your photography is beautiful. I love to take photos myself but am totally a work in progress. I have a little Canon digital camera and shoot all my Etsy photos which are also a work in progress. Sometimes I get them right, sometimes I totally fail. Taking lots and lots of shots seems to be my only solution to this problem. Read your bio. I am with you in that my Spanish is terrible. I throw in a few words here and there but otherwise I can't seem to find the thread that leads me to back to Spanish. Classes??....few-git-a-bow-it!! I tell people I'm Latina in my heart!!