Eugenia Martínez, born in Monterrey, Mexico, in 1976, is a prominent contemporary painter who lives and works in Mexico City. Over the past decade, she has focused her work on portraits of Mexican figures from colonial times to 1960, enriching them with metaphorical texts.
Through her images, Martínez reflects the existing social fracture between the public discourse of different Mexican social groups and their true thoughts. She exclusively uses photography as a medium, considering it less subjective than painting. Meticulously, she writes phrases in various shades of white around certain parts of the paintings and photographs, creating a hypnotic and sometimes optical effect.
The texts she incorporates into her works consist of literal or distorted quotes from politicians and moral leaders, which become increasingly contradictory and confusing. Through this technique, Martínez seeks to explore the discourse of a sleepless community, highlighting the tensions and contradictions in Mexican society.
Eugenia Martínez's work has been exhibited in both solo and group exhibitions. Among her solo exhibitions are "Lo personal es político" at Heart Ego, San Pedro Garza García in 2019, "Because you are a girl" at the Galería de Arte Mexicano in Mexico City in 2018, and "El que tenga ojos que vea" at the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Tamaulipas in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, in 2014, among others.
Furthermore, she has participated in group exhibitions such as "Arte Mexicano Contemporáneo" at Musas, Hermosillo, Sonora, and "The Map of the New Art" at Foundazione Giorgio Cini, Venice, Italy, both in 2015. Her work is also part of collections such as Red Bull in Salzburg, Austria, the Colección Jumex in Mexico, and the Colección Federal del INBA / Patrimonio Artístico Nacional, among others.
Eugenia Martínez has been featured in various books and magazines, including "Fotomexico" at the International Photography Festival in 2017 and "Mexico: The Future is Unwritten, Contemporary Artists from Mexico" in Imago mundi, Fabrica, Italy, in 2015, among others.
Her work stands out for its critical and conceptual approach, as well as her ability to create images that explore the complexity of Mexican society and dominant discourses. Eugenia Martínez has made a significant impact in the field of contemporary art, and her work continues to resonate in the national and international artistic landscape.