Martha Jiménez

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Be­tween con­cept and cos­tum­brism, the artis­tic cre­ation of

Martha Jiménez is per­me­ated by the dy­namism of life in the city of Ca­m­aguey. UNESCO Re­gional Prize, Martha is a mem­ber of LASA (Latin Amer­i­can Stud­ies As­so­ci­a­tion). In her cur­ricu­lum there are more than 250 per­sonal and col­lec­tive ex­hi­bi­tions in which she has shown sculp­ture, paint­ing and en­grav­ing.

Her work ex­hibits great re­al­ism. Based on her im­me­di­ate en­vi­ron­ment, fan­ta­siz­ing char­ac­ters and other real ones whose psy­cho­log­i­cal as­pects she is able to ex­press emerge. Martha’s vir­tu­os­ity is man­i­fested in the use of di­verse tech­niques and the in­cur­sion on sev­eral ex­pres­sions of vis­ual art, al­though she priv­i­leges sculp­ture. To model, to cre­ate forms with her hands, is her pas­sion. The three-di­men­sion­al­ity traps her and ac­quires a weigh in her work, where she shows the sub­tle con­trasts be­tween races and eth­nic groups re­flect­ing the essence of Cubans. The pres­ence of the fem­i­nine uni­verse is also a con­stant in her pieces of var­i­ous tech­niques and for­mats where her un­equiv­o­cal style is ap­pre­ci­ated. She has also dis­played her ef­forts in Pin­cel con alma de beso (Paint­brush with the Soul of a Kiss), a com­mu­nity project that has given for­ma­tion and pro­moted the artis­tic ex­pres­sion of the chil­dren.

Las Chis­mosas (The Gos­sipy), Los novios (The Bride and Groom), El Matao o el vende­dor de agua (the wa­ter seller) and Su­bi­rat o el lec­tor de per­iódi­cos (the news­pa­pers reader) shape the Sculp­tures Group of the Plaza del Car­men, with which she has known to de­fine what is Cuban and what is from Ca­m­aguey, al­ways link­ing yes­ter­day with to­day. In a nat­u­ral scale, these pic­turesque and lo­cal cos­tumes in bronze are a sin­cere trib­ute to the com­mon peo­ple who also de­serve to be taken into ac­count by history.

Martha’s stu­dio-work­shop-gallery, placed in the Plaza del Car­men of the city of Ca­m­aguey, is in the ha­bit­ual route that since 2013 the mem­bers of sev­eral agen­cies work­ing in cul­tural and ed­u­ca­tional trips, among them Road Scholar and Globus, go by. The meet­ings have the pres­ence of the host­ess, who dis­tin­guishes her vis­i­tors of­fer­ing ref­er­ents on her work, as well as gen­eral con­sid­er­a­tions on art. What be­gan with the at­ten­dance of two groups is now one of the main ac­tiv­i­ties pro­grammed in the touris­tic routes through agen­cies as Tauck, Aber & Crom­bie, In­sight Cuba, Cham­bers, Smart Tour, Grand Cir­cle Foun­da­tion, Moto Dis­cov­ery and Es­tu­dios Cubanos.

The gallery, with its well iden­ti­fied sec­tions, in­vites us to en­joy a col­lec­tion of paint­ings, sculp­tures and en­grav­ings. Those pieces, which are also for sale, de­fine the work stages of the au­thor, as well as the achieve­ments ob­tained in events and ex­hi­bi­tions. Her match­less sculp­tures, where the hu­man fig­ure ex­cels, mainly those of women—re­marked with a given erotic ref­er­ent—and other great many of al­le­gories to what is tra­di­tional and daily, stand out.

Con­tem­po­rary Cuban art, with ex­cel­lent re­al­iza­tion, may be found in that cozy place where, as Martha says: “art traps you for­ever”.


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