By Nicole Royce, September, 23, 2018
YabYum Seven: Monica Aissa Martinez

Who are you and what do you do?

I spent the summer as an Artist-in-Residence at the Tempe Center for the Arts. I was studying and drawing the human brain.

Last month I would have answered with: I am a nervous system. I am neurons and glia firing up a brain.

The last few weeks I’ve been looking at microorganisms – bacteria, viruses, fungi and archea. Today I am an organism made up of micro- organisms. I am human microbiome.

I am a visual artist / creative matter. I draw and paint human anatomy and physiology.

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By Kayla Goggin  February 17, 2016
State of the Art: Telfair brings the artists to you
Opening at Jepson Center is Thursday

ACCORDING TO a 2014 report from the National Endowment for the Arts, there are over two million working artists in America. That means there are more artists at work today than ever before.

So why are so many museums and galleries showing the same work from the same people over and over again?

Where the hell are all the artists?! → continue reading





By Randy Kennedy July 15, 2014
Crystal Bridges Lines Up Emerging Artists for American Show

After a restless cross-country search in which two curators logged more than 100,000 miles in airplanes and rental cars, the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art – founded by the Walmart heiress Alice Walton – announced Tuesday that it had finalized its artist list for an ambitious fall show → Continue Reading


JP-CRYSTAL-1-2By Randy Kennedy Feb 8, 2014
Seeking U.S. Art All Over Map. Just Check GPS.

 PHOENIX — Two men stepped out of a rental car here recently and walked up to a modest ranch-style house with a cat and a grapefruit tree in the yard, worried that the homeowner might mistake them for missionaries or salesmen → Continue Reading

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Don Bacigalupi Feb 12, 2014
Notes From the Road: Phoenix

In Phoenix, AZ, Chad and I visited artist Monica Aissa Martinez. Her large, richly detailed and colorful paintings begin with the anatomical structure of the human body, but manage to fold in the artist’s love of the maps collected by her grandfather → Continue reading

studiobmBecky Bartikowski Feb 2014
Monica Aissa Martinez and 7 Other Arizona Artists Considered for “State of the Art” at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Phoenix artist Monica Aissa Martinez is among the American artists being considered for inclusion in the exhibition “State of the Art” at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas, according to a recent New York Times piece.

The show will feature works from 100 unsung artists from across the country. It’s slated to open Saturday, September 13 → continue reading

SOTAMartinezMonicaAissaKatrina Montogomery Aug 26, 2014
4 Phoenix Artists Selected for “State of the Art”
at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Earlier this year we found out that eight Arizona artists were being considered for the “State of the Art: Discovering America Now” exhibition at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas. We are excited to announce that four of those artists have been chosen to display work in the final show, and they → continue reading



Ramón Rentería Sept 6, 2014
Former El Pasoan’s work selected for prestigiuos exhibition

Monica Aissa Martinez calls the national attention that she’s receiving “a little bout of success.”

Martinez, an El Paso native living in Phoenix, is among 102 artists from across the United States selected for “State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now,” a major exhibition opening Saturday at the prestigious Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art → continue reading


Nicole Royse August 26,  2015
Monica Aissa Martinez: Body Awareness in a New Light

A fascination with the human body, animals, and technology and its effects on us as a society are the inspiration for the intricate paintings and drawings by talented → continue reading


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