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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