"… the work of Martha Jiménez, who has led to the universe of his figures more than the form, the spirit of the popular traditions and of the chore of the nations of Cuba …"

Eusebio Leal Spengler

Historian of the City of the Havana

Articles 78

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In the Plaza del Carmen

Rachel Garcia :
Visitors arrive, take photos and ask about the place. Impressed with what they see, they decide to buy a souvenir to carry with them the memory of a city with paths as a broken plate. In the Plaza del Carmen of Camaguey they find a different peace that returns them to the Villa de Santa Maria del Puerto del Príncipe, the fourth founded by the Spaniards in Cuba. When Unesco declared Cultural Heritage of Humanity to the urban center of Camaguey, on July 7, 2008, this site became one of the main symbols of the city. The legacy of miscegenation that settled there in th...

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The work of Martha Jimenez from the Plaza del Carmen transits the world

Yaniel Pérez Guerra :
The legendary Plaza del Carmen in the city of Camaguey, Cuba, is considered one of the most visited in the city and one of the emblematic areas of the country. Every year, more than 50,000 people from foreign tourism frequent it and recognize it as a place of great aesthetic and sociocultural value. Decorated by a sculptural set in bronze, authored by the praiseworthy artist Martha Petrona Jimenez Perez, this area treasures, as an open-air gallery and from the galleries, the various artistic languages ??of this artist who, from their native work, identify the idiosyncrasy and ...

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Canadian jam and the magic of Martha Jimenez

Maggie Morgan :
Quiero escribir lo que no quiero / puedo olvidar. (Write what should not be forgotten) - Isabel Allende The day before had been a revelation for me. I had been charmed by the picturesque little square, the Plaza del Carmen, with its robust statues of the gossiping women, bursting with life. They were clearly depictions of Afro-Cuban women with their origins in the slave transportation from the African continent; women taking a break from their daily work; women intent on the networking, the sharing of news, gossip, information and the shared culture of their lives. ...

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In the name of the goats

Maidelin Leiva Delgado :
The encrypted language of the goats was what captivated Martha Petrona Jimenez Perez about four years ago, to begin to investigate in a truly passionate and revealing expressiveness. The result has been a sui generis aesthetic, loaded with drama and unusual visuality that divinely expresses in various media and supports. The eyes of their goats take on a life of their own as soon as the exercise of reception begins. They provoke, summon, contemplate, snoop, make silence and bestow. They are reliable witnesses of the power and inner freedom that women can experience, as long as...

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Martha Jimenez: between the Cuban and the feminine

Leydis Izaguirre Jerez :
The contemporary work of the plastic artist Martha Jimenez Perez exhibits a great diversity of subjects, including feminine-erotic-divine, insularity-migration and ironic-satirical, where Cuban is inserted with special emphasis. This creative makes a speech full of rethinking about the Cuban woman and her relationship with the male sex. Although her images surpass subtlety and sensuality, both in the colors and in the strokes, it is necessary to emphasize the urgency that their approaches have for the times that run, where the plural occupies a relevant place. The w...

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The recondite feminine

Leydis Izaguirre Jerez :
To witness the most recent creation of one of the most prolific and talented artists of the last decades in Cuba, we were invited by the Office of the Historian of the City of Camaguey in its own exhibition space. Martha Jimenez has forty-five years of work, she maintains a solid and current creation that takes elements of popular culture by renewing them, increasing them. She bets on good art, does not believe in what is merely hedonistic; is one of the many creators from Camaguey who has a novel work with very Cuban roots. Her work is predictive, revolutionizing esthetic and also forma...

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Opens roads to a new visuality

Yaniel Perez Guerra :
The work Open Roads, belonging to the series Challenge, is one of the remarkable works of Martha Petrona Jimenez Perez. Recognized as one of the outstanding artists of Cuba and of the international scope, she puts together with her production the circuits of the visual creation. Projected in the lost wax technique, this sculptural work, constitutes, for its stylistic handling and its aesthetic successes, a turning point in the orientation of her artistic discourse, for this, among other reasons, the piece was selected and inaugurated as one of the exclusives at the Aqua Art Mi...

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In pursuit of the Advent

Yaniel Perez Guerra :
Connoted by an excellent expressive enunciation, is qualified the triptych of the remarkable artist Martha Petrona Jimenez Perez. Composed of three large two-dimensional pieces, the focus of a poetic projection and assented invoice, Advent, as the artist has called it, constitutes a system, a form that brings together in concept the aesthetic prominence that each painting shows. The idea refers to an event in the process of arrival and expected with anticipation. It is the tempered welcome to a vital event. The representation of all the emotional charge contained in th...

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The feminine and the migratory problem in the contemporary painting of Martha Jimenez

Leydis Izaguirre Jerez :
Migration is an inherent process in the development of humanity. With regard to our continent, we can say that the Americas received throughout the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries one of the greatest migratory waves of our era. This process of assimilation of immigrants gradually shaped our nationalities due to the strong mixtures that took place in our territories. In Cuba, specifically, it is in the early 90's that for extra-artistic reasons, the theme of migration adquires a major highlight. This was due to the fall of the socialist field and the tensions between...

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Roots

Marcos Tamames Henderson :
Looking with transparency to the immediate environment allows Martha Jiménez Pérez to verify the permanence of authentic features of Cuban in the daily walk of the women, at the same time, she rediscovers genuine positions of their latent ancestors in the contemporaneity. Fruit of that sharp and subtle look appears an ample artistic production of which Roots is a very small, but substantial sample. The observer will find here the leitmotiv of the work of Martha, that noble endeavor to find - and find ourself - from the cultural field, perspectives from ...

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The city, from the infant pupil

Kezia Zabrina Henry Knight :
Children know more than they seem (...) Jose Marti A mixture of innocence and wisdom invades the workshop-gallery of the artist Martha Jiménez in the Plaza del Carmen on her first anniversary, with the presence of the children's project Pincel With Soul of Kiss. The artist and director of this group of children, proposed them as a theme the personal responsibility with the patrimonial city in which they live, but to everyone's surprise, the naughty ones have given lessons in imagination, good technique and intrepidity, when each one of them faced canvas of ...

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Symbology in Open Roads

Maydelin Leiva Delgado :
If something characterizes the work of Martha Jimenez is precisely that expressive searching, constant, able to open the way to new and daring semiotic discourses, incurring in cultural reinterpretations of unquestionable legitimacy. Martha knows well that the woman in her traditional representation, carries with her symbols that have typecast her in a passive role before different situations of life. The work that she has done magnificently, Open Roads, constitutes a forceful manifesto against that assertion. From the broad polysemy that it represents, two essential and ...

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Lyricism, versatility and Jimenizm

Maydelin Leiva Delgado :
It has already been said that the work of Martha Jimenez offers a myriad of meanings according to the powerful symbology that it contains. Also the peculiar use of the sense of humor, the irony and the traditions have been recognized. However, her speech has a greater quality to my understanding, capable of captivating, to make love and even spell the most insensitive public. I am referring to dreamlike lyricism, a concept that is based on a metaphorical type of poetry, cautious, subtle, sensual and dreamy. At some point, criticism referred to Martha as the artist able to...

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Versatility in the work of Martha Jimenez

Maydelin Leiva Delgado :
The condition of versatility in the work of Martha is given on the one hand by the consumption of her art in various spaces; whether galleries or not, without losing the essence and personal style, and on the other hand in the use of different visual manifestations. Here is one of the questions that I want to approach more closely, it is not a ceramist/sculptress or painter who also makes engravings; is a creative who in her habitual search experiences diverse expressive needs, and for that she uses that visual language that gives her greater defense to her discourse. I f...

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46th anniversary of the creation of the Provincial Library and the International Children's Day

Tania Estrada y Geovannis Garcia :
Of new colors the city is dressed, when the children unravel it with their brushes and crayons. Every square, house or church in a party of strokes that enjoy this anniversary almost old, like the wonderful tales that populate the fantasy world. The roofs of tiles or tinajones full of stories are the starting points of this game of ideas, which overflow the cards and integrate to the city, that every day sees a swarm of children and they return of the schools, frolic in any available space and they laugh happy. Let us enjoy that singular exhibition, which when openi...

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The Black

Nazario Salazar Martinez :
Born in San German, Holguin province, Martha Jimenez Perez, the painter, drawer and sculpture pioneer, adopted her "camagueyania" by imperatives of the one who learned to love the land that gave her possibilities for her intellectual development. In the first course of the National School for Instructors-Teachers of Fine Arts she began her career while as a ceramist has been self-taught.  From a very young age she worked with amateur artists, an activity that marked her deeply in her development. More than 25 years, she dedicated to the search and for...

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Do not ever fool yourself, spectator

Miguel Barnet :
Do not ever fool yourself, spectator, the figures of flesh and bone are not always so human, sometimes the mud is much more, but stop before the pieces of Martha Jimenez, who ennoble everything, because beauty is the only thing that guarantees the human condition. By: Miguel Barnet Cuban writer, President of UNEAC   ...

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To Martha

José U. Rodríguez Barreras :
In appreciating her art - especially her sculptures - I feel a sensation that surrounds the magical and sensual. Effects from virtuous hands and an aptitude that has much to do with the essence of the context in which her art produces; where the Cuban is clear. This artist has contributed decisively to the change of the image of one of the most emblematic sites of our city and, why not, to the city itself. Her work has been subjected to constant and direct dialogue with all kinds of public, without pedestals or barriers she has confronted the expert of any latitude, the ast...

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Adrift

Yaniel Perez Guerra :
Adrift, it constitutes one of the most notorious pieces of the pictorial platform of Martha Petrona Jimenez Perez. It has a unique artistic definition of its type, within the creative's artistic panorama: the scale of values of the sepia extended to the range of grays, achieving an extraordinary fusion with the expressive enunciation of the color. The painting represents a woman free to move towards her aspirations, projects and desires, able to fly with a naked and unprejudiced soul, a lady capable of changing society with her thinking and from her dreams. ...

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Series The Journey in Jimenian Sculptures or "the blessed circumstance of water everywhere"

Maydelin Leiva Delgado :
In appreciating the vast creative production of Martha Jimenez, we may encounter the well-known theme of insularity that, beyond geographic inevitability, has represented a beneficial creative resource for Cuban artists. From Lezama to today much and good art has been created around the subject. Our artists have been able to subvert the concept through an expressive speech that sweat cubanhood and reaffirms idiosyncrasy. Martha also uses the circumstance of water everywhere and does not hesitate to use the grandiloquent effects in several of her series, within them perhap...

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The secret of my goats

Yaniel Pérez Guerra :
Martha Petrona Jimenez Perez, with this particular delivery of gouaches with drawing in ink, shows off the goat's distinctive typology: its mythological genesis, its physical features, way of life and aesthetic significance. So these beasts now appear, tamed by conceptualization, as vital elements of the exhibition but linked to other codes preconceived by the artist in previous series and in her personal life. Through the protruding horns, the artist alludes to protection, defense and strength, she also considers her essential support for virility, the phallic sense ...

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Open roads for women through art

Maria del Rosario Mendez :
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 orien...

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Punishment of beauty

Martha Petrona Jimenez Perez :
Gender violence has been approached from different disciplines with multiple approaches. Psychologists, sociologists, jurists and others try to capture the essence of the subject to manage their expression, understand it, denounce it and alleviate it in some measure, but the truth is that this type of violence is still very strong in today's society. Art as a means of expression has not remained indifferent to the subject, among other reasons because many of its exponents are women who have had to fight against this scourge, turned in turn into motivation, remaining as an ...

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Snoop in sight

Rafa Nuñez :
A little man looks at everything, he questions everything. With his house on a wagon he has traveled for half a millennium, and now, at last, he finds safe land. He goes on to tell us the legends of the voyage that begun in 1514, along the beach at Punta del Guincho, the horrors of the massacre of Indians in Caonao, and details of the rebellion that forced the Spaniards to seek refuge in the lands of cacique Camagüebax. From the roof of clay, the snoop sees the people passing; to the streets connecting and separating each other in any point of Camaguey, as if five hu...

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Without losing the line: artistic proposal of Martha Jimenez in Camaguey

Yolanda Ferrera Sosa :
The artist Martha Jimenez, in Camaguey, knows where beauty is hidden, in need of creative treatment to pass to posterity. From her hands, modeled in clay or from the marvel of the brush on the canvas, emerge magnificent works as in uncontainable flow, thanks to the art deposited in them by this simple and talented woman. Her most recent work is now in an exhibition that she called "Without losing the line" and that is open in the Gallery Julian Morales, at the headquarters of UNEAC. It characterizes Martha, her intense search for new ways of assuming the f...

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Martha Jimenez: "Camaguey is for me inspiration and oxygen"

Estrella Diaz :
Martha Jimenez is an acute observer, perhaps for that reason her work possesses such a high dose of realism, in its case, gripped by a particular poetic interweaving. Her way of working could be divided into two great moments: one conceptual and another about customs. As she revealed to OnCuba, there was a period of her life when she did not have room to create because "my role as a mother monopolized me all the time". Just at that moment begin to appear characters fabled from her immediate surroundings. Another singularity of the work of this creative...

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Martha Jimenez, sculpturing life in Camaguey

Mercedes Ramos :
It's impossible to talk about the eastern Cuban city of Camaguey without mentioning the talented sculptor Martha Jimenez, because her work is an intrinsic part of the surroundings of the Plaza del Carmen in the downtown historic district, an obligatory stop when visiting these parts. In the plaza stands the Iglesia de Nuestra Señora del Carmen, a beautiful church with two bell towers and seven ceramic sculptures depicting local residents. It is one of Martha's most cherished projects, part of her work recreating the human figure in different forms wit...

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The reader of the Plaza del Carmen

Yolanda Ferrera Sosa :
It was in the year 2003 when, for the first time, at the age of 69, Norberto Subirat Betancourt knew the interiorities of artistic modeling. "I would never have imagined it," he said, as he looked forward to the influx of visitors to the historic space, fully restored by the City Historian's Office, in his beloved Plaza del Carmen at Camaguey. Within the sculptural set conceived in normal scale by the ceramist Marta Jimenez, the figure of Subirat stands out in one of the benches of the place, with one of its legs collected and submerged in the reading of the news...

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The art of Martha Jimenez

Diosdada Sagarra :
The outstanding Camagueyan sculptress Martha Jimenez Perez, exhibited her works of art in two inaugurated hotels, all people that have seen it were enchanted. This was in the context of the activities for the 500th anniversary of the Villa de Santa Maria del Puerto del Principe. From its niche in the lobby of the hotel bearing the same name, Santa Maria seems to observe a city of half a century that wakes up to admire it. Born under its unmistakable seal, this monumental sculpture will soon be cast in bronze. From the dome another project of the same artist will dominate the city, Transl...

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Plaza del Carmen, a very unique place

Maya Quiroga :
Those who visit the city of Camaguey, even though they are recidivists, never cease to succumb to the charm of its layout in the form of a skein, spider or broken plate. Still, no one loses the opportunity to travel through its urban center, declared by UNESCO as Cultural Heritage of Humanity on July 7, 2008. Within the 54 hectares that make up its urban center stands the Plaza del Carmen, built in the nineteenth century and which was a settlement of blacks and mulattoes. In it all the houses maintain the primitive colonial style characterized by hinges that separate them from...

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The history of Camaguey told by its sculptures

Elizabeth Gonzalez Pimentel :
For everyday, the extraordinary is often overlooked, such is the case of Camaguey's streets and squares, which hoard almost 500 years of history on its cobblestones. Next to celebrate this important anniversary, the city intends to dust off and dress its best galas accompanied by the work of their children, both the begotten and the adopted, who recognize their status as a mother. City 500 is the ambitious project that has been proposed, not only the modernization of technical networks of water, electricity, telephony and sewerage, but also the restructur...

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Speech of Eva. Them, we, you?

Maydelin Leiva Delgado :
In the night without sleep / They inhabit me / I am dazzled by the endearing voices / My mother's voice, soft ... love my ear / It cools my temples / The grandmother's voice comes on tiptoe / Made of old times and smiles / Made of love and tears / They talk to me... Of the silence and the voices. Rafaela Chacon Nardi The return to the woman in 25 pieces of pottery is the proposal of Martha Jimenez to start the year. In their traditional conception, women carry with them symbols that have defined them historically. Than...

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Complejidad y agudeza del discurso cerámico femenino. La problemática humana: motivo de inquietudes y reflexiones

Surisday Reyes Martínez :
“Buscando apasionadamente en el torno y en la arcilla esencias del saber y de la conciencia humana.” Eusebio Leal Spengler. (1) Martha Petrona Jiménez Pérez (Holguín, 1948) realizó sus primeros estudios artísticos en Holguín, su ciudad natal. Se graduó en 1965 de la Escuela Nacional de Instructores de Arte de esta provincia, en la que recibió una preparación básica sobre diferentes manifestaciones estéticas como la pintura, el dibujo, la escultura, el grabado y hasta algunos conocimientos ...

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Martha Jimenez and her expo "The Woman Without Neighbours" in Camaguey

Yolanda Ferrera Sosa :
The artist Martha Jimenez -a member of the artistic avant-garde and affiliated with the Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba- will enable this Friday 18 the opportunity to enter another corner of her creation by opening her exhibition of serigraphy Entitled "The Woman Without Neighbours". The "New Muse" Gallery, of the Julio Antonio Mella Provincial Library, will host 13 works conceived with this technique, another aspect of creation in the fruitful career of the artist, who awarded the Prize conferred by UNESCO, in the edition corresponding to the year 199...

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Martha Jimenez Perez, hands of godess

Digna Rosa Perez :
Sculpture, painting, wood carving, ceramics and engraving are arts that are learned over the years and with a good vocational training, but above all they are innate skills in those who execute them and that is precisely the case of the Camagueyan Martha Jimenez Pérez, who does not leave her native land and in her has left its mark materialized in beautiful pieces. Dedicated to manual work from a young age, she began her studies at the First School of Art Instructors, completing her training in a self-taught way and then acquiring the upper level as a Licentiate in Fine...

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The sculptures, paintings and engravings by Martha Jimenez

Frank Padron Nodarse :
The sculptures, paintings and engravings of Martha Jimenez constitute a provocation to the suggestion and the imagination, because she creates wonders that the enraptured spectator multiplies in her sensitivity. I love to visit this magical and prodigious place, because it is a replica of the fabulous city in which it is framed.  Martha fashions and enchants from her fine lines, and she has populated a little more her Camaguey with that sculptural ensemble that presides over the Plaza del Carmen and gives it even more life. By: Frank Padron Nodarse Cuban writer a...

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The charm of this hour

Pablo Armando Fernandez :
The charm of this hour Affirms that every reunion They bring us closer to the light; Its colors, its textures That they take from the infinite The creative body, The natural image Which represents the endemic In the work he performs Always in flight, Martha. You see? Here they have to stay To stay, your friends Emerged from the hands That were born in you To show us that not everything fades. Let's greet them sitting Talking while Yo...

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A smoked

Marcos Tamames Henderson :
"You shall not do for yourselves a work of sculpture or a figure ... You shall not adore them nor worship them." Moses. Immersed in cultural or commercial projects, in "temples" or outside them, ignored in local contests and in pursuit of the "strange" (but "redeemer") prophet; after commendable struggle to legitimize themselves as an artist while celebrating the origins of the "prodigious material", and among them, Martha Jimenez Perez. Martha is presented to us as a sculptress who, to her personal taste, molds the ...

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Clay tales

Toni Pinera :
Her art effectively integrates a world of fable that catches instantly. The "ingenuous" breath of the ceramic sculptures of Martha Jimenez is essentially due to the craft technique with which she builds her works, without enamels and almost monochromatic.  For the Cuban ceramist Martha Jimenez the word is the mud. With the primitive material she narrates real stories and also sculpts legends of Cuba. All of them are nuanced with a wise imagination, which captures the surroundings and captures them in caressable forms, to give us a reality that, in miniature, is ...

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Martha friend, Martha creole...

Thimo Pimentel :
Accompanying the hands of Martha Jimenez in her way back through paths of mud and fire, it always turns out to be an exquisite adventure of craft and figuration. The work of this consecrated artist-ceramist, makes of the black, the half blood, the creole, passion for the memory and homage to the nostalgia as document of the Cuban. Martha's concern for the autochthonous pursues and succeeds, in reaffirming that Cubanism with characters from before, today or tomorrow, with a marked tropicalist flavor. Sensual bodies of volume and humor recreate vividly ...

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Densely carnal

Luis Alvarez Alvarez :
Once again, Martha Jimenez dares the difficult game of poetry and narration without words, with the pure and undulating matter of feminine forms. This sample of her peculiar way of penetrating the Cuban is a confirmation more of a way of saying that, without a doubt, she has found her special place in the arts of the Island. Femininity, in these twenty pieces of surprising expressiveness, is shown with strength and the airy, fleshy and deeply human volume, that make of the style of Martha Jimenez such a special case, in our artistic medium, for her ability to capture a sp...

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Martha Jimenez: soul cultivator

Olga Lilia Vilato :
An intense sun, with its golden rays stretched to no more, mixed with rare gusty winds that characterize a month as November, accompanied us step by step to the street of General Gomez, where is the workshop of Martha Jimenez, that great creative of the fine arts. The heat was gone at once. There you can breathe an atmosphere that can take away anybody's stress. Accompanied by an important group of her works, her assistant and dedicated to modeling with a skill in her hands worthy of seeing, without stopping, just to be photographed, facilitated this interview to give...

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Sculptures in bronze: gossipers in Camaguey for a long time

Yanetsy Leon Gonzalez :
[...] Stop before the pieces of Martha Jimenez, who ennoble everything, because beauty is the only thing that guarantees the human condition. Miguel Barnet. The fat mulattoes of Martha Jimenez already have the guarantee for the durable gossip in their space of the Place of the Carmen. Now they are the first bronze sculptures of that ensemble. Because of their metallic bearing are the talk of the neighborhood and those who knew them as marmolina, because although its author assures that they are the same figures, they look different since two Friday. "Oh, but th...

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The woman without neighbor

Pavel Alejandro Barrios Sosa :
An angel: the woman of the neighbor A devil: the own woman Portuguese proverb. The woman belongs to nobody. The woman "is" without any restrictions, and right there lies its charm. There are no human limits for the last being who touched The Divine: women overcome them, give birth, have children, raise them with that eldest son called husband, boyfriend, companion, or raise them alone with absence, make them adults, sees them depart, works for their family, carries with the secular weight of the responsibility of woman, being social being and mother, c...

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Ours is ours

Olga Garcia Yero :
Thus, with this categorical tone of reaffirmation, has wanted to name Martha Jimenez this new exhibition of nine pieces that now has before the viewer. Such a tone does nothing more than assume a position of passionate defense, not only for what is created but also for what is believed. And is that passion, without affectations, is what precisely characterizes the work of this woman. The movement of these heads, the walk of these feet holding a rotating torso, the apparent statism of figurative objects which are enclosed in this set of dishes and even the possible hieraticism ...

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Grupo "Fidelio Ponce": cultores del arte popular

Gualveris Rosales Sánchez :
A nadie mejor que al grupo de artistas plásticos aficionados "Fidelio Ponce de León" se le ajusta la expresión: “trabajan por el amor al arte”. Ha sido la pasión por la pintura, el grabado, la cerámica, la naturaleza muerta, el papier-maché y otras manifestaciones afines lo que ha motivado a estos entusiastas creadores a permanecer fieles a su principio fundacional de poner su obra al disfrute propio y de la comunidad sin recibir beneficio monetario alguno. Una labor que despierta admiración y respeto entre...

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A visit to the workshop of the Camagueyan artist Martha Jimenez

Laura Paz :
Breaking into an artist's studio or studio, without prior notice, can be an unfortunate act. Without trying to do this, you can break an idea, send to fly a gesture that could have been the beginning of a promising road, the happy ending of the persecution of an image, a word, the discovery of the thread that brought to earth what has interviewed during so many nights. One afternoon, knowing the risk, I wanted to meet the artist Martha Jimenez in the place where she creates, after enjoying the creatures (The gossiper, the water seller, the newspaper reader, the couple...

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Street Art of Camaguey, Cuba

encompasstours.com :
Camaguey will enchant and seduce you. It is a UNESCO world heritage site and one of the seven founding cities of colonial Cuba. It is also home to some great artists. Works of art are everywhere. Camaguey oozes art. Paintings and reliefs are worked into the walls, and art is embraced by young and old in the many parks and street corner installations. One artist you will not fail to encounter is Martha Jimenez Perez (1948). Outside her studio, in Plaza del Carmen, a number of life size human figures cast in bronze, depict life as seen through her eyes. Her open studio is a deli...

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Martha Jiménez, el anhelo de mi madre

Magda Resik Aguirre :
Del recuerdo le llega la imagen de su madre reclinada sobre la vieja máquina de coser, al fondo del largo pasillo que recorría la casona antigua. Del pedalear incesante, el ovillar los más coloridos hilos y ensartar agujas que en su ir y venir a contraluz conformaban los más relucientes vestuarios, nacieron primero en doble dimensión y luego encarnadas en la tridimensionalidad, obras de un intenso fuero poético. Martha Jiménez nos regala - más allá de su obra monumental que puebla espacios públicos como la P...

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«Longing» from Martha Jimenez

Kezia Zabrina Henry Knight :
On Friday, July 2, the "Longing" exhibition of the sculptress and ceramist Martha Jimenez from Camaguey, was opened to the public in the gallery of the Lombillo Palace. The exhibition will remain open during the month of July and early August, when once again Cuban families will be able to enjoy the Rutas y Andares cultural program of the City Historian's Office. The House of the Count of Lombillo, located in the Historic Center of Havana, exactly in the Cathedral Square corner to Empedrado, is a singular space; has as its distinctive element three facades, ...

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Words to the Catalog of the exhibition «Longing»

Argel Calcines :
Recognized sculptress and ceramist, able to immortalize her closest contemporaries in mud: the wandering of her native Camaguey, Martha Jimenez resorts once again to the picturesquism inherent to her work to propose this exhibition that - with the title "Longing" - listens in her interior of woman and mother in search of that vehement desire of something, particularly immaterial, intangible..., but that she has given in to represent. Whether it is the possibility of travel, carnal pleasure, a promising future for Nubia - as Jose Marti called Cuba in his poem Abdala -...

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Portrait of woman

Marcos Tamames Henderson :
Better than in luxury hotel, Stay on this site; Here you will find plenty What you will not find there. N. Guillen. For those who are familiarized with the saying of Martha Jimenez is known the need to sharpen the senses if you try to catch what is beyond her work and is, after every detail, however simple it may seem; Martha, as if she persisted in revealing herself to be a faithful disciple of Nicolas Guillen, knows how to tell stories of frank cultural solidity. Portrait of Woman, as in the exhibitions of previous years, treasures a cosmogonic...

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Roads

Leonel Carralero Rabaza :
A few days ago, a Canadian couple, from Montreal to be exact, told Martha Jimenez in her workshop: "We have a book that speaks of you, you are very famous". And what supports the fame of this artist of Cuba and international ceramics? Well, a work always on the rise revealing and surprising, comprehensive and personal, I insist, very personal, and is that her irreverent "fat", important pillars of her expansive fame, are not the patrimony of the well-known Colombian artist, whom she is frequently mistakenly referred to, and it would be necessary ...

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Look of anthropologist

Nerido Perez Terry :
"... I live to enclose objects in a system of expression; we must unite them to nature, to the life of man" Georges Henri Rivière. Like an anthropologist who is torn between culture and the very origins of man, Martha Jimenez, sculptress, ceramist, painter, woman of town; rummages in the testimonies of contemporary knowledge, for that reason, deepens and studies the gestures, the small customs and traditions, to stop them in pieces that polemize between the cultural and the humoristic. They call attention, many of the pieces that perfectly carr...

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Martha Jiménez: La escultura urbana en el centro colonial de Camagüey

Flora González :
Con su escultura urbana, la creadora Martha Jiménez, acude a una tradición contemporánea de redefinir el afán de la escultura a partir de códigos coloniales. es decir, agrupar conjuntos de figuras escultóricas para que ocupen los espacios urbanos de las plazas principales de las ciudades latinoamericanas. En la introducción a su libro "City/Art: The Urban Scene in Latin America" (2009) [Ciudad/Arte: La escena urbana en Latinoamérica]. Rebeca E. Biron define las ciudades latinoamericanas como centros que bullen con la urgen...

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Martha beyond the pottery

HostelTur Magazine :
The Thousand and one Martha is the name that takes the new delivery of one of the most important Camagueyan artists of our country: Martha Jimenez. Recognized as one of the most prolific and talented creatives of the last decades in Cuba, this Camagueyan occupies a seat of honor in the context of the Cuban ceramists. However, on this occasion the artist surprises us with her first exhibition of engraving, although certainly the engraving is not an unexplored way for her. The Cuban Fund of Cultural Goods of Camaguey serves as the venue for the new exhibition. In the voice of Ma...

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The Cuban in the contemporary sculpture of Martha Jimenez

Marcos Tamames Henderson :
Neither the late XX and the beginning of the XXI have clouded the critical look that Martha Jimenez establishes with the universe that surrounds her. Thus, this creative, who lives in the center of the island of Cuba, continues to trap the subtle contrasts between races and ethnies that time has bequeathed to the world today and, with singular grace, naked in elegant flirting the essence of the Cuban, her dexterity, her tenacity, and that sense of joyful hope that blacks, whites, and chinese, just to mention some of their most important ingredients, proudly claim their homeland. It is th...

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Martha Jimenez Perez: The avatar

Alejandro G. Alonso :
"Martha Jimenez is an interesting case in the context of Cuban artistic ceramics, characterized by the existence of very defined personalities developed from dissimilar formative processes and professional careers of various dimensions." Alejandro Alonso. This woman lives in Camaguey, site of old cultural tradition, a city that in time replaced one of the villages among those founded by the Spanish conquistadors. A place of entrepreneurs from all over the island, a city known for its convoluted urban design, a place where the old artisan tradition of makin...

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Martha Jimenez and her universe of figures

HostelTur Magazine :
Ceramist from Camaguey, graduated and Master in Fine Arts and Professor of Art for more than 30 years, has specialized in terracotta ceramic sculptures. With a varied and dynamic background, she graduated in Painting, Drawing, Sculpture, Ceramics and Engraving, which allowed her to enter not only in sculpture and to do wonders of clay, but also in painting. Recognized as "one of the most prolific and talented artists of the last decades in Cuba", Martha, within the academic world, works as an Instructor Teacher of the Academy of Fine Arts and attached to the Ibero-Am...

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Of the mud and the enjoyments

Jesus David Curbelo :
Visit "Fingers in the mud", ceramic exhibition of Martha Jimenez (Holguin, 1948) opened in the gallery Raul Martinez of the Palace of the Second Cape from February fifteenth to the fifteenth of March, is to attend a meeting with hedonism of good law: twenty-two pieces of terracotta that enter us in the universe of the Cuban Negro through the fruitive savor of scenes, customs, instruments, ways, attitudes, furniture, to dig in the national "ajiaco", not with picturesque glimpses, but rather with the warm look of assumption. The black women of Martha (as the ...

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The unmatched Plaza del Carmen

Gilberto Rodriguez and Alina M.Lotti :
Among the 12 squares and 18 small squares that integrate the historical center of the city of Camaguey, the Plaza del Carmen is one of its most picturesque places. In its cobbled streets stand out the sculptural figures of the outstanding artist Martha Jimenez, made in marmoline, which recreate characters such as the former water seller, the newspaper reader, gossiping women and the couple in love. The square is an open space, where pigeons flutter especially in the afternoons, a scene similar to that happening daily in the Plaza de San Francisco de Asis, in the His...

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Spells

Dr. Luis Alvarez Alvarez :
"... Martha Jimenez possesses a plastic imagination characterized by sharpness of vision, intensity of forms and, above all, by the magnetism of a configuration of the world that possesses the deep dynamism of a creation emanating from a singular sensitivity, at the same time feminine, sensual, and also steely and sharp in her understanding of the Cuban universal ... " Dr. Luis Alvarez Alvarez February 2007. ...

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Martha Jimenez and the incantations of the fish

Dr. Luis Alvarez Alvarez :
A new exhibition by Martha Jimenez is always an adventure in the magical terrain of a plastic imagination, characterized by the sharpness of vision, the intensity of the forms and, above all, by the magnetism of a configuration of the world that has the deep dynamism of a creation, emanating from a singular sensibility, at the same time medullary feminine, sensual, and also steely and sharp in her understanding of the Cuban universal. It is, above all, in this sample titled Incantations of the fish, a special dialogue between the three-dimensional sculpture, and the two-dimensionali...

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Dismay and pleasure

Eduardo Rosales Ruiz :
When the historiography documents the beginning and trajectory of the engraving in Camaguey, one can not fail to mention Agustin Bejarano Caballero, nor to Martha Jimenez Perez, within the creators who have bet and contributed to this legendary technique, in Jimenez Perez a woman who dignifies more than ever, because of the versatility of the women in the territory, not only for the important awards and recognitions received in recent years, but also for the integral use of multiple techniques within the visual arts. On February 3, the exhibition "Las Mil y una Martha&quo...

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Martha Jimenez: woman with her own light

Dr. Luis Alvarez Alvarez :
The work of Marta Jimenez, in a rapid and well deserved ascencion, dares to the difficult play of doing poetry and narration without words, with the pure and undulating matter of feminine forms. Her peculiar way of penetrating the Cuban is a further confirmation of a way of saying that, without a doubt, she has found her special place in the fine arts of the Island. One of the perceptible themes in Marta's work is femininity, which is shown with strength, and the airy, carnal and deeply human volume, that make of the style of Marta Jimenez such a special case, in our artis...

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Martha Jimenez, every day more Camagueyan

Yang Fernandez Madruga :
At this time, renowned artist Martha Jimenez celebrated the third anniversary of her workshop. The genius of this woman has pushed her to transcend the limits of her city, province and country, transforming her into a universal creative. This is evident in the more than 250 exhibitions between collectives and personal. In addition, she has been awarded prizes such as: UNESCO Prize for "Best Set of Works", UNEAC Prize for Sculpture Plaza del Carmen, and International Prize at Second International Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary Teapot in Shanghai, China. ...

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Women that fly

Leydis Izaguirre Jerez :
Art is, in its finest essence, a constant reflection, because it operates in reality as a means, not only of entertainment but also as a generator of questions about the human being in order to enrich them spiritually. Women that fly, the current series of the artist Martha Jimenez, does not distance itself, as far as content, of its two last pictorial productions. The feminine theme and the controversial discussion about the value and the place that the woman occupies at the moment gain force in these paintings. It retakes symbols like the buffoons and the wings, that acquire...

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The thousand and one Martha ...

Maydelin Leiva Delgado :
The new exhibition of Martha Jimenez constitutes much more than the revisit to a past form of making art in Camaguey. Perhaps, it will surprise the fact that this is her first exhibition of engravings, although it is certainly not a manifestation unexplored by her. And here is one of the questions that I want to present, it is not a ceramist or painter who now also engraves; but of a creator who, in her natural expressive search, notices the pertinent request of her work in seeking new discursive languages. Among the benefits offered by the engraving to Martha, disti...

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Martha Jimenez Perez. Impregnated with poetry

Excelencias Magazine :
Her hands nervously shape the clay while talking about her work. It is difficult to imagine that this timid woman is the author of this work, impregnated with such a strength, and showing an extraordinary talent and an endless love for life. Martha Jimenez Perez, is Camagueyan by conviction. Endowed with the innate talent of turning the fertile local clay into evocations. Tabourets, frogs and candle lamps gather all over her humble house as obstacles on the way for visitors, lighting with their own lights or urging to meditate on the hidden secrets. Martha recreates...

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Our Lady of Voluptuousness

Pavel Alejandro Barrios Sosa :
On many occasions I have had the pleasure of writing notes to the catalog about the delicious work of Martha Jimenez Perez. At all times I have affirmed that her speech is not projected on the influences of the work of the unforgettable Colombian Fernando Botero. While both discourses enjoy the fun distortion of the exaggerated volumes and the preference for female figures, the conceptions that animate them and their creation processes are completely different. But as it is characteristic of the appreciative process to associate the images to identify them, in the visual praxis of t...

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Martha Jimenez: a speech that from the periphery shakes the center

Leydis Izaguirre Jerez :
I Today, when we have forgotten the regional to think and think with universal approaches, when information occupies a leading position against knowledge, when the limits of good art and the pseudo-art kitsch dissolve with extreme speed and with vulgar unconcern, when we think of diversity and multiculturalism only as cool and fashionable concepts, ee often lose sight of those who, despite the regrets, belong to the local, from within, give away an authentic and revitalizing production of everyday life. Martha Jimenez belongs to this group of artists from the peripher...

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Copper Woman Project

Pavel Alejandro Barrios Sosa :
Martha Jimenez models, paints and cooks Mrs. America, swallowing, eating her children in their food, wrapped in the aroma of coffee, the smell of ripe fruits, tobacco, alcohol and the smell of sex. The rogue eroticism in the voluptuousness of thick, round, mature flesh, never flabby or plump, like those Rembrandt fleshs on the other side of the sea. America is the youngest of women, the most female, the most fun and malicious. Martha models the diner par excellence, to the boil of the ajiaco of Don Fernando, made woman.   By: Pavel Alejandro Barrios Sosa Cura...

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My Incontenible Land Project

Pavel Alejandro Barrios Sosa :
There could be, in the work of Martha Jimenez, some influence of Botero, although the promotional and commercial fact, also artistic, has caused that a reiterated fatness of the human figure, automatically adjudicates to the Colombian.  However, every time I enjoy the rounds of Martha's mulattas, I think of what is called cultural anthropophagy and the concept of the form used by the artist. Martha grabs her characters with popular culture and legitimizes them by touching on universal issues and topics. The greasy form is populating allusion of the fleshy woman, abundant, grotes...

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From the Insula to the Flesh Project

Pavel Alejandro Barrios Sosa :
The nakedness of her figures constitutes the trope of an identity sexuality, which recreates the sexist conceptions of the acriled, Caribbean woman, their myths, taboos and everyday adventures. By: Pavel Alejandro Barrios Sosa Curator and art critic. 2004 ...

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The Fourth Part of Human Body Project

Pavel Alejandro Barrios Sosa :
The allusion to the transport, the vehicle or continent of the jaba that carries products identified with popular needs and customs, is the most recent in Doña Martha Jimenez's speech. The artist recreates the identity issue by proposing jaba as a continent and feature that characterized a particular socio-economic period and ended by defining the Cuban people as a temporary, immediate and creative. The jaba continent could also allude to the export of a more intimate souvenir, to a piece of national carnality that moves and is not exhausted. By: Pavel...

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Between two centuries, Martha's ceramics

Kezia Sabrina Henry Knight :
What are you up to? My island, the world. It was the answer that the works of this artist, Martha Jimenez, confessed to me after being chosen for a unique transitory exhibition in their speech and spatial location. In her primitive furnace of firewood, fuel embraced by the author herself, were burned her emblematic pieces, winners of the Unesco and FIART awards. They show the simple everyday life of any Cuban neighborhood, Afro-descendant women of careless aesthetics according to fashion magazines, their bare feet, resolved in their almost nudity, of fleshy breasts peppered wi...

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Lovers in the time...

Pedro Quiroga Jimenez :
Between the volume and whimsical forms, Marjiz slides her thin hands, as does the poet when he illuminates a verse. Her unlimited passion for clay overcomes any obstacle, taking it in a straight line towards a particular object. Martha Jimenez-Marjiz, is one of those unrepeatable artists, who leave a pleasant mark on those who face their work for the first time. Impossible to put her in an artistic tendency. The originality lies precisely in the treatment of a theme that, not by threshing, ceases to gather strength and splendor in her pieces of dark terracotta. Love...

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… de las manos por el barro

Benito Estrada Fernández :
Ese tanto nadar de las manos por el barro. Está en cualquier sitio del objeto, ramificando los espacios que no huyen de la memoria, son el alboroto en que oficio y figuración entran y salen desde Martha, hasta sustantivar la imagen indeleble que multiplica alegorías en el que adquiere la obra aunque sea de un solo vistazo por la genialidad con que la creadora hilvana de poderío que sustenta los olores costumbristas con el alborozo de profundidades fabulescas agazapadas en la rara sorpresa de lo erótico y lo grotesco que converge en la misma senda de dos...

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