Open roads for women through art

Open Roads is the name that carries the new delivery of one of the most important artists of our country: Martha Jimenez. Recognized as one of the most prolific and talented creatives of the last decades in Cuba, this artist - resident in Camaguey - occupies a place of honor in the context of the Cuban ceramists.

The artwork Open Roads, pertaining to the series "Challenge", is the recent delivery of the artist. Projected in the lost wax technique, her last sculptural work constitutes, by its stylistic handling and its aesthetic successes, a turning point in the orientation of her discourse. For these reasons, the piece was inaugurated in the recently held Aqua Art Miami, at the United States, in the last December of 2015.

In her particular way of doing, she approaches the reality of Cuban women, transcending borders from painting, sculpture and ceramics to make universal the common women, who take on their daily challenges with wisdom, humor and the unique grace of who knows himself as possessed of an enormous spiritual wealth. Her work characterizes a voluminous and lightweight woman, who overcomes her traditional role as mother and wife to rise behind her dreams and longings, overflowing with sensuality.

For a long time, this artist and her workshop constitute one of the main epicenters of artistic creation in the city of Camaguey. The workshop of Martha Jimenez is located in the colonial area of ??the city, in the vicinity of the Church of Carmen, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

In her artistic work, she has more than 250 collective and personal exhibitions, which include ceramics, paintings and engravings. She holds the UNESCO Prize for Best Set of Works. She has won numerous awards, including the UNEAC prize for the Sculptures at Plaza del Carmen, and the international award at the Second International Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary Teapot Art in Shanghai, China. She has a special recognition in the Presidential Hall of the Library of the Emerson College, and in the Gallery Joan Recnikoff in Boston, at the United States. H work was well received in Derby, England and was exhibited at Atelier ARTRIBUS, Paris, France.

By: Maria del Rosario Mendez
HostelTur Cuba
March 2016