Meet the Artist

Paola Martinez is a portrait painter located in the border region of Texas and Chihuahua, Mexico. Her eclectic and indigenous portraits pay homenage to her Mexican heritage, bringing awareness and life to the ancient tribes that continue to thrive in the modern world.

Her black and white portrait paintings focus on her subjects gaze as she captures intimacy with the viewer. By using her unique finger painting style, the artist believes that she truly becomes in contact with her work and her subjects. She is known to use a black and white palette to create equality between her subjects. Martinez is constantly inspired by her travels around the world as she shares her knowledge and brings cultural diversity to create a unison in humanity through her work.

Martinez interest in art began at a very young age. By the time she was 13 she began to take oil painting classes with Cuban based artist, Manuel Mendoza, in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. After leaving her practice for many years she rediscovered her passion for the arts and pursued a career.

Martinez attended the University of Texas at El Paso and finished her bachelors degree in Painting and Art History. She also attended the John Cabott University in Rome, Italy. She has then grown as an artist and has exhibited her work in both Texas and Chihuahua. Martinez has had the pleasure of showcasing along Austin based artist, Roya Mansourkhani for Ms. Interpretation, at the Glass Gallery. She has also exhibited her work in: The Anson Mills Building, Glass Box Gallery, Percolator Café Gallery and the Arcogris Gallery in Cd. Juarez. Martinez has been involved in multiple El Paso city organized art events and exhibitions every last Thursday of the month. She has participated in multiple live art shows like: Rebuilding Trost, El Paso’s Street Food Fest, El Paso’s Downtown Art Crawls and most recently the BettoLab art event in Berlin, Germany. Martinez has participated in creating public murals in Historic buildings like the W.S. Hills Building as well as private commissioned murals. Martinez’s artwork continues to sell in places like Cd. Juarez, San Miguel de Allende, El Paso, Midland and Dallas.