Gabo Martinez

Gabo Martinez of San Marcos, TX

Artist Statement:

“I was born in Tarimoro, Guanajuato, a town in the heart of Mexico surrounded by rolling hills and scenic valleys. Since moving to Texas, every summer of my childhood was spent visiting my hometown, tracing the streets paved with ancient terracotta bricks. I make ceramics, works on paper, and functional vessels inspired by indigenous Mexican visual traditions and technologies. My work is primarily wheel thrown, sometimes stacked to produce large forms. I paint the pieces with vibrant slip and carve patterns into the surface. The repetition of carved shapes not only recalls the complex history of labor and production in Mexican craftwork, but also a sense of progress, meditation, and healing that is only possible over time. Acknowledging these themes is an offering of love to my viewer and to myself.”

Gabriela Martinez (Gabo Martinez) was born in Tarimoro, Guanajuato, Mexico in 1995. She received her BFA in Studio Art with a concentration in Ceramics from Texas State University in 2018. Her work has been exhibited in Austin, San Antonio, Dallas, Rockport and Houston, Texas. Martinez’ works with terracotta clay coated in vibrant slips reminiscent of the Mexican towns where she spent her childhood summers. She draws upon both traditional and contemporary motifs, using sgraffito to incise patterns and text into the surface of each form. She lives and works in San Marcos TX.

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We will be closed to the public Friday, July 28 through Thursday, August 4 as we install our next exhibition, Inspired By Nature. Please join us for the opening reception on Friday, August 4 from 5 to 8pm!