Behind the Scenes of Don Julio Galeria 1942

Happy New Year to everyone! I am sharing here with you a video of the amazing project I was a part of thanks to artist Sam Kirk and Don Julio Tequila. It was a great way to close out the year with 14 other local Latino artists here in Chicago. It truly was a spectacular time so a big congratulations to everyone involved!

Don Julio Galeria 1942

Don Julio Galeria 1942

“Pink Line Dreams” 30 Chicago Women Graffiti & Street Artists Exhibition

As part of Chicago Artist Month 2015, Mujeres Mutantes Collective brought together a local Chicago women & street artists exhibition at Cultura in Pilsen on Saturday, October 10, 2015. 30 women artists will exhibit their works created on model size billboards by Boundless Brooklyn. Revista Contratiempo’s Hecho en Chicago live poetry readings and Sounds by DJ duo The Ponderers and DJ Rebel Betty will complete this fantastic event! Come on out!

Pink Line Dreams - Naomi Martinez

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Monstrochika @ West Fest 2015

Monstrochika @ West Fest 2015. I’ll be live painting 12pm – 4:00pm with other artists at West Fest tomorrow.

Come out and groove to some rock and house music. See you there!

West Fest Chicago 2015

 

Kick Off Summer @ “All of Me” Body Positivity Art Show & Zine Release Party!

It looks like summer may finally be settling in for its stay in Chi-Town! There are some all women artist mural productions planned this month that I am so excited to contribute to! Back in 2007 I was lucky to road-trip out with friends to paint at my first B-Girl Be Summit at Intermedia Arts in Minneapolis. This weekend is their 10 year reunion exhibition! My proposal was accepted last month and I worked really hard pouring my heart into my piece for this show which opens June 11 and runs thru August 22, 2015. So happy and proud of the work Intermedia Arts continues to do!

Space & Time B-Girl Be

This Friday another little milestone for me as an artist. Last year I had a crazy little idea that I finally decided to share with others. Slowly but surely it has blossomed into a beautiful collaboration amongst some of the coolest and talented women artists I am lucky to know in my city. We will celebrate the release of our 2nd issue of MUTANTES! Art Zine this Friday, June 12th! Art, grooves and great people will gather. The “All of Me” Body Positivity and Zine Release Party will kick off the summer arts events for us here in Chi-Town.

All of Me Art Show - Naomi Martinez

Image By: Naomi Martinez – Monstrochika.com

Following will be Expo Collective’s first Quetzal Art Fest on Saturday, June 13th. I will be holding a plush doll workshop at noon that day and the fun will continue with live painting along side some of Pilsen neighborhood’s brilliant artists!

See you there friends!

Quetzal Art Fest

Monstrochika Solo Show Closes & Chicago Zine Fest

Hello again! I’ve been meaning to post the latest but as we all artists know, sometimes projects and deadlines can come so close and almost collide! The solo exhibition was a great success thanks to Leticia at Reciclarte Studio and my friends and family that came out to support! Thank you!

Naomi Martinz Leticia Rodarte 2015

Me and Leticia Rodarte of Reciclarte Studio, Chicago, IL

 

Chicago Zine Fest came overnight it seems after that! The entire month of April was spent finalizing a personal story and putting my zine GODZILLA GRRRL together for release at the fest. This first volume includes my story from scrappy teen tagger through today painting graffiti murals with my girls in Chicago. If you are in the Chicago area, you can purchase at Pilsen Out Post and Quimby’s Bookstore. You can also email me directly for a copy. $6.00 USD + shipping.

Godzilla Grrrl Zine - Naomi Martinez

Godzilla Grrrl Zine #1, May 2015

 

I had such a great time attending interesting panels and meeting some pretty awesome zinesters. CZF was overall a very welcoming and highly inspirational experience! I hope to return next year.

Chicago Zine Fest 2015 - Naomi Martinez

My table at Chicago Zine Fest 2015

 

In May I received some pretty great news. The proposal I submitted to exhibit at the 10 year reunion of the B-Girl Be Summit in Minneapolis was accepted! If you have read Godzilla Grrrl you know things just keep coming full circle. Art is life! So the month of May was dedicated to the completion of that proposal project. Details and pictures in my next post!

Love and art.

Monstrochika

Wish You Were Here Show

Good day,

Loss, misunderstandings or life’s changes can all lead to an aching heart. We can all relate to longing for people, for places, for change. Some will runaway to follow their dreams and some will stay and kiss those people goodbye.

Wish You Were Here

My very first solo exhibition is all about yearning hearts, runaways and goodbyes. “Wish You Were Here” will feature all new illustration and hand-craft work. Opens April 3, 2015 at Reciclarte Studio, 1441 W. 18th Street in the Pilsen neighborhood of my sweet home Chicago .

For those who cannot be at the opening. The show will runs 4/3/15 thru 5/1/15.

Reciclarte shop hours are: Friday & Saturday (10 am – 8 pm) and Sundays (10 am – 7 pm).

Thank you to all for your continued support!

Women’s History Month 2015

Hello All!

I will be exhibiting at this wonderful art show this Saturday for International Women’s Day! “Voces de Mujeres” has an amazing line-up of Chicago female musicians, spoken word and visual artists. There is more about the exhibition and the curator/artist Amara Betty Martin in these articles at Extra Newspaper and La Raza.

Voces Flyer

 

Also, Mujeres Mutantes is having their first group show! It will be an army of Hello Kitties on March 13th at Pilsen Outpost! You can pick up a free “Mini Meow Zine” made by Monstrochika! There are all ages workshops scheduled for 3/21/15 and 3/29/15 which include Street Art T-Shirt Making and Paint a Hello Kitty Canvas! Visit the Facebook Event Page or contact Pilsen Outpost to sign up!

Gatas Mutantes Flyer

“Reverberate Her Lines” Art Submission

"Reverberate Her Lines" Naomi Martinez

“Stars They Burst” Acrylic on wood. By Naomi Martinez, Copyright. Monstrochika, Inc. 2015

 

Sometimes there are paintings that are not quite done. Above (minus the fire colors) is the first painting I created in January of this new year. I was thinking of winter. A few months ago, one of our Mujeres Mutantes members out in New Mexico told us about a show she’d be curating for February 2015. I was reminded of the show last month and had decided on the new painting. But again, something was missing. So I meditated this morning and I thought of fire. My sporadic bursts of energy and my part in this universe. I worked on cleaning it up and here it is almost done.

“Reverberate Her Lines” is taking place in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Queens Under Estimated and El Chante Casa de Cultura will highlight some very talented women graffiti artists, MCs, poets and B-Girl performances from all corners. Some of my paint buddies are going out there and reppin’ Chicago. If you are in the area check it out. You can also still donate funds for this event by going to: www.gofundme.com/kquxrc

Flyer by Meelapuregraphics, Image by Delilah "Zena" Salgado.

Flyer by: Meelapuregraphics.com, Image by: Delilah “Zena” Salgado.

Call for Art: MUTANTES ZINE #2

To My Chicago Artists:

Mujeres Mutantes Art Collective is preparing for MUTANTES ZINE #2 ! Mujeres Mutantes is an all wo-manned artist collective based in Chicago. MUTANTES ZINE is an ongoing art project created to empower and raise awareness regarding women’s issues we may face daily in our communities, media, and society. We are a D.I.Y. publication and all sales raise funds for future collaborative zine projects. Ideas for collaboration? Need a copy of Mutantes #1? Or other inquiries please contact us: mutantes.zine@gmail.com

Artwork or words related to the body, bodies, body issues, love for our bodies, anything body! Deadline 3/31/15.

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