Martha Rodriguez is a self taught, Chicana artist. Originally from San Jose, she is a longtime resident of San Francisco. Martha earned a degree in Social Welfare from U.C. Berkeley and worked in the field of Public Health at the onset of the AIDS epidemic in the 1980’s. She helped with researching the causes and effects of HIV during that time.
When her son and daughter were school age, she began to volunteer in their classrooms creating art curriculum related to her Mexican ancestry. It was then that she began to explore her own art form in crafts, painting.
Intrigued by color, cultures, creativity, Martha’s paintings, always rich in color, carry the imagery, icons of her “California Mexican-ness” . She has alsol explored the beauty of women’s large, powerful bodies. Her latest interest has been in painting the imagery of Latina women as powerful mothers – whether as Mother Earth, ancient pre-columbian goddesses or the Virgin of Guadalupe.
In life, Martha was diagnosed with Leukemia in 2010. As a cancer survivor, she lives each day enriched by the challenges she faces, every smile she receives and laugh she can share. She sees life as a myriad of bright colors she hopes to express in the artwork she creates.