ABOUT THE ARTIST
Venazir Martinez is a Filipino visual anthropreneur, and a street muralist. A multi-potential creative best credited for her distinctive social experiment using site-specific street art that challenged the visual perception of the public. She graduated cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from the University of the Philippines Baguio.
Her famous series of public art is found in Baguio City, Philippines, entitled Hila-bana, temporary stitching, unified by the red string concept portraying anthropological figures of the collective identities of the Cordilleras. She has been visually reformulating and developing this creative voyage in tune with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, Davies Paints Philippines, and Harnisch Foundation in New York.
Venazir's love for socially-engaged initiatives compelled her and her family, 23 Sampaguita Artist Collective, to establish a multi-sensorial street art festival called Sining Eskinita in Baguio City. Her vision is to drive artists from all disciplines to set the streets of Baguio as instant institutional grounds for creative development. Produce opportunities to tell the community’s story, create a unique experience, engage citizens, increase foot traffic and tourism, increase appreciation for the arts and artists, and increase the overall attractiveness of our country one eskinita at a time.
Martinez's creative process delved into the influence of Filipino indigenous knowledge and links it with our contemporary mindset through the lenses of our multitudinous identities. Her works are inspired by empirical stories of the cultural advocates she met along her creative voyage. Her style captures the realistic representations of people from various customs. Simultaneously, permeated with flamboyant stratification of abstractive, delineating forms, and spontaneous overall. This progressive visual approach exemplifies the multifaceted influences that shaped our core values. Venazir's deep enthrallment on the discourse of the discovery of one’s identity ultimately engendered her existence, thus, primed to deconstruct her concept of continuity on Filipino’s connected presence on a global scale.