About Fidencio Martinez
Fidencio Martinez completed his MA in Painting with a minor in Sculpture and an MFA in Painting with a minor in Printmaking from the University of Iowa (2015) and his BFA from the Memphis College of Art (2013). At the age of seven, Martinez was illegally smuggled into the United States from Mexico with his three brothers and mother. Under a recent immigration policy, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), he only now is relieved from the threat of deportation. Referencing traditional Oaxacan craft techniques, the artist works primarily with cut paper from paintings, prints, and maps to form large-scale installations that examine border relations and the stories of individuals living within what he calls a “brown body, the battleground onto which events, perceptions and laws are formed.” During his residency Martinez will continue working on installations dealing with the complexity of immigration in the United States and will plan a series of community workshops or presentations.