“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
Image/Art by: Monstrochika.com

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

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. I can’t  believe this weekend is their 10 year reunion exhibition! I am so honored to be an exhibiting Artist. Show 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 we celebrate the release of our 2nd issue of MUTANTES! Art Zine! 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

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.


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.

Back Panels Show

Hello again!

The last two weeks I’ve been working on a neat project for this “Back Panels” show taking place tonight at Solid State Goods in Pilsen, Chicago.

Back in the late 70’s and thru the 80’s folks used to get artistic on their denim and leather jackets do-it-yourself style.

When invited to participate, I was captivated by the concept! I chose to paint one of my Monstrochika characters on a denim jacket.

I can’t wait to see what all the artists have come up with!

I’ll post pics on Instagram tonight.


Friday, December 12
6:00pm – 11:00pm
Solid State Vintage
1710 South Ashland
Chicago, Il 60608

Back Panels Art Show


Rebels. Never. Die.

Art is what makes us human. The arts brings people together. It brings us hope, love and light.

The people took over Lake Shore Drive last night here in Chicago in the name of Michael Brown. They woke those in motion just moving along on their routine commute. Some were bothered but I’m sure others were moved. You are not human if you are not moved when you see people around you standing up for what is right.

Tomorrow Quennect 4 Gallery & Pachanka Music have put together a show called “Rebels Never Die: Resistencia Cultural”. I am exhibiting a new painting inspired by a young girl’s right to education. So many young girls worldwide are denied this right because of socio economic status, gender stereotypes and religious customs or traditions.

REBELS NEVER DIE // Q4/multikulti
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
1000 N. Milwaukee 8pm – 3am

“We honor our indigenous roots, unique cultures and resistance movements through art, music and community dialogue revolving around shared anti-colonial values to create a space for dialogue with the urban, native and affected community.”


Dia de los Muertos 2014

Caminando: Dia de los Muertos, 2008 By: Monstrochika

Dia de los Muertos festivities begin this weekend! The souls of our dead ancestors and other loved ones return to visit and walk among the living. We create beautiful altars with ofrendas of all their favorite foods, drinks and treats to let them know we are praying for them and have not forgotten them.


Image by: Meela Puregraphics

The 4th Annual Beautiful Souls Coffin Show  has quickly become a Chicago artist tradition. All thanks to Delilah Salgado, curator, artist, mentor, and long time advocate for the arts in the Pilsen community. You must come out and see this wonderful show she has put together and the works of art on these coffins will impress!

Opening Reception: Saturday, November 1, 2014 @ 7:00 PM at Cultura in Pilsen, 1900 S. Carpenter, Chicago, IL.

Elevarte Community Studio  is also holding their Annual Muertos de la Risa celebration and Dia de los Muertos procession. They are located right around the corner from where the coffin show exhibition will take place. There is fun for the whole family starting at 2:00 pm and the always stellar Dia de los Muertos procession begins at 5:00 pm!

End your evening with coffin art and DJ beats at the Beautiful Souls Coffin Show! See you there friends.

Muertos de la Risa
Image by: Chema skandal