Martha Rodriguez
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About Me:
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.

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We Are San Francisco, a poem about the current state of our city

Wrote a poem to go along with my installation at Somarts called We Are San Francisco.

What is San Francisco to you?

Change, change.

Shifting, shaping

rapid, thoughtless,

minimize, multiply,

erase, recreate.

Homogenized beauty,

suburbs in the city.

A rainbow of people,

fade into

shades of grey.

Onslaught continues,

more land, more money,

more buildings, more restaurants,

more evictions.



Posted on October 8, 2014 at 11:30am

SOMArts San Francisco Dia de los Muertos Event

I'm one of forty artists participating in SOMArts San Francisco, Day of the exhibit titled 'Visions at Twilight." The focus of this year’s event revolves around the theme of gentrification of San Francisco and the loss of culture and people being felt in the Bay Area now.

This has been a difficult challenge for me as emotions run high on this theme and changes in the…


Posted on September 10, 2014 at 11:30am

In Remission 3 years, 4 months, 7 days

I have been in remission from Leukemia - Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia - for three years, four months and seven days....and I am counting.

For those uninitiated to the throes of being a cancer patient, perhaps the question is , "Why bother counting? Why not just move on? You conquered…


Posted on April 18, 2014 at 11:12am — 2 Comments

Latest artsy activities from Estudio Martita / Martha Rodriguez

There has been a flurry of activity in Estudio Martita for the past month. As usual, artful activites seem to always happen around the same time.

My first event is happening this Tuesday at Puerto Alegre Restaurant on Valencia…

Posted on July 1, 2013 at 11:53am

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At 6:28am on March 4, 2012, Zulmara Maria said…

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.

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At 1:27pm on June 12, 2011, Maria D. Jimenez gave Martha Rodriguez a gift
At 1:40am on November 19, 2010, Julieanna Trejo said…
Very Excited to meet you in San Francisco Martha!
At 1:08am on October 29, 2010, Julieanna Trejo said…
Hello Martha great Job on the
At 10:26pm on March 15, 2010, Julieanna Trejo said…
Martha holaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
At 3:02pm on February 18, 2010, Julieanna Trejo said…
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
At 11:15pm on January 25, 2010, Martha Rodriguez said…
Hi Julieanna.
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!!
At 10:24pm on January 25, 2010, Julieanna Trejo said…
Hi Martha Just wanted to stop by and say hello...Julieanna
At 1:57am on January 5, 2010, Alejandra Baiz said…
Hola Marte... me encanta su trabajo!!
At 3:53pm on December 19, 2009, Victoria Delgadillo said…


In March 2010, there will be a series of events in Mexico City, Mexico, Los Angeles, California, and other cities, meant to be a ritual of mourning for the femicides in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua: Art as a pathway of opposition and resistance to violence.

We invite you to be part of this initiative of art activism. Below is the link to the blog we have dedicated to this and where you will find the Call for Entries. This invitation is open to all individuals, groups, organizations, artists and activists. The events in March 2010 will include awareness raising creative workshops, intervention actions, plays and performances and the exhibition of the art work received through the call for entries and the resulting art from the workshops.

For those who do not live in Mexico City or Los Angeles metropolitan areas, we invite you to organize your own community activity during the same month of March, 2010. It could be an Art Exhibit, a book discussion, a movie screening, a poetry reading, etc. We ask you to include the original title of this event “A Prayer for Juarez,” and to send us your schedule, and later on, photos and documentation, to be included in the blog.

To include your event, or for any kind of issue related, please write to us:
In the US:
In Mexico:

Creating protest art transcends culture and gender. We are united in a larger community of like-minds and humanitarian goals. We thank you in advance for your dedication and your prayers for the women of Ciudad Juarez. NI UNA MAS!


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