Gabriela “Gabo” Martinez was born in Tarimoro, Guanajuato, MX and currently lives in Houston, TX. She earned her BFA in Studio Art with a concentration in Ceramics from Texas State University in 2018. Her work has been exhibited at Conduit Gallery (Dallas, TX); Front Gallery via Deasil (Houston, TX); Texas State Galleries (San Marcos, TX); Rockport Center for the Arts; and the Historic Pearl Brewery (San Antonio, TX.) Inspired by her indigenous Mexican culture and her research into Native American visual traditions, Gabo works with terracotta clay, sgraffito technique, and vibrantly colored slips. Her pieces bring to mind imagery of the Mexican towns where she spent her summers, and evoke the artist’s ongoing reconciliation of civilizations, languages, and generations.
Sketchbook: Gabriela "Gabo" MartiniMay 27, 2020Inspired by her indigenous Mexican culture and research into Native American patterning, Houston-based ceramicist Gabriela 'Gabo' Martini wields terracotta clay and vibrantly colored slips. Reminiscent of the Mexican towns and terrains where she spent her summers, each hand-carved piece—made with the sgraffito technique—evokes the artist's ongoing reconciliation of civilizations, languages, and generations. Gabo's work is new to the form & concept collection. Look below for more behind-the-scenes peeks at the artist's sketchbook, and then visit her artist page to see the finished works. Gabo answered three questions the early stages...