Day 365: Johanna Martinez

Johanna Martinez was born in NY in 1970 and has lived and worked mostly in Tucson,
AZ for the last 25 years. She mentored under retired Manhattan fashion designer Gloria
McKay at a young age as studio assistant in her oil painting school and apprenticed
under legendary tattoo artist Spider Webb for 2 years after moving to CT in 1986.
Before moving to Tucson in 1988, she attended Wooster School of Art in Danbury, CT
where she formed the basic understandings of form, line, light, texture, & color, as well
as exposure to materials, methods & visual concepts. Johanna studied Fine Arts at
Pima Community College for 2 years while continuing her work tattooing for the next
10. Future endeavors manifested creatively as a scenic artist, muralist, sign painter,
calligrapher, mosaicist, aerosol artist & faux finisher. She is a multi-medium artist,
designer & educator with experience in both the public and private sectors, working on
stage, film and television in varying artistic capacities & has conducted workshops & art
programs to incarcerated, disabled and “at-risk” youth through schools, museums and
the like. Johanna is well versed in trans-disciplinary collaboration and public “street”
art, preferring to share her skills in public spaces over the confined walls of a gallery. A
small sampling of commissioned work and projects has included Las Villitas (El Paso),
Paint PHX, SW Nutcracker, Crystal Radio, Tucson-Pima Arts Council, Rialto Theatre, Fox
Theatre, Hotel Congress, AZ Theatre Co., Tucson Museum of Art, La Pilita Museum,
Rogue Theater, All Soul’s Procession, The Parish Bar & Grill, Tubac Golf Resort, Casino
del Sol Hotel, City H.S., Fotovitamina, The Buffet Bar, BLX Skate Shop, Pottery Barn,
MOCA (in collaboration with Alex Streeter), Edible Baja, La Cocina, AZ-Sonora Desert
Museum, THHF (Tucson Hip Hop Festival) and more. She is currently an active member
of collective non-profit groups Pan-Left Productions, Luxxarte & Voices de la Calle.

email: materiaprima1@icloud.com
Facebook: Derailed Design
Instagram: #deraileddesign

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