Andrea Muñoz Martinez makes painting, drawing, performance and video. She renders a colorful imaginary space she calls Borderlandia. She was born and raised in Uvalde, a rural Texas town 45 minutes from the U.S.-Mexico border and Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico, where her mother was born. Martinez received a Master of Fine Art in Art Studio from the University of California, Davis in 2013 and a Bachelor of Fine Art in Studio Art from the University of Texas at Austin in 2011. Her work has been exhibited at the John Nicholas Brown Center at Brown University in Providence, RI, Camiba Gallery in Austin, Texas and Artspace111 in Fort Worth, Texas. A solo exhibition of her work can currently be viewed at the Center for the Study of the Southwest in San Marcos, TX.
Today, the U.S.-Mexico border is constantly being misrepresented as a place of danger and violence. But to me the borderlands are home. It's a place of humanity, solidarity, and compassion. My art hopes to create a contemplative space for people to study the borderlands and to reflect on the urgent needs of people living there. 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.