About the Artist
Andrea Muñoz Martínez is a performance artist and abstract painter of borderland landscapes. Her painting exhibition “Dogs Heal in Borderlandia” was reviewed in the Austin Chronicle by Robert Faires in March. He writes, “For Muñoz Martinez, these abstractions are not only a way for her to depict the land she calls home, but to take a space often characterized as dangerous and dark and infuse it with bright hues of joy and hope…Borderlandia, then, is a place of warmth and affection, tradition and devotion – and the dogs are part of that. So whatever darkness and pain of border life may lie behind the vivid colors of Muñoz Martinez's paintings, those canine companions are present to stand by us – or sit, as the case may be – as we face it and to provide the protection and comfort we need.” She is an alumnus of the BFA program at The University of Texas at Austin and the MFA program at UCDavis. Her work can be found in the public collection at the Center for the Study of the Southwest at Texas State University and has been exhibited at ICOSA Collective, Artspace111 and at Camiba Art.
Through painting, drawing, video and performance I invite people to contemplate the beauty that exists in a land where people negotiate their place, where people thrive and struggle, and where people resist the idea of unjust borders.” I paint a place I call Borderlandia, a reimagined borderland full of life and movement. My paintings are inspired by the vast landscape of Uvalde, Texas and Piedras Negras, Mexico. Painting landscapes is a way for me to understand the place where I am from. I grew up fishing and hunting with my father who taught me how to look at the land. My mother filled our home with textiles that created a soothing environment which helped me thrive in a sometimes, hostile town. Today, the U.S.-Mexico border is constantly being misrepresented as a place of danger and violence. But to me the borderlands is home. It’s a place of humanity, solidarity, and compassion. Paintings of Borderlandia are my valentine to the borderlands.