Wednesday, July 16, 2014


To the familia of friends who attended Bound by Love, new, old, young and youthful, I am so grateful to have had you at the opening. What a delight to see familiar faces and meeting new ones. Maria Acosta, executive director of La Raza Galeria Posada has been incredible to work with and I am very grateful for her support and efforts.  The efforts of other Board of Director members was equally admirable as well as those of volunteers.

The presentation of Bound by Love at La Raza Galeria Posada has been enhanced by the spacious environment in which the exhibit is laid out. When visiting, be prepared to view fourteen of my paintings and also the work of eight very talented women artists. A fabulous art installation representing the bed that Frida Kahlo both slept on and painted in is on display. It is lovely! In addition there is an altar dedicated to the life and memory of Frida Kahlo.

Bound by Love runs until August 31st. It is worth a day trip from the Bay Area or beyond. If you live in the Sacramento area, please add this exhibit to your TO DO list. It is an important exhibit to do and see!

Here is a You Tube slide show I created for you to view my 
artwork currently on display at La Raza Galeria Posada:

E-mail:  larazagaleria@gmail.com
Phone:  (916) 446-5133
2700 Front St
Sacramento, CA 95818

Tuesday through Saturday 
Second Saturday

Friday, July 4, 2014

Remembering Frida - Bound by Love - Homage to Frida, art by Martha Rodriguez

Bound by Love, Homage to Frida Kahlo

Bound by Love

HOMENAJE A FRIDA KAHLO featuring artwork by Martha Rodriguez

(Sacramento, CA)  "Frida Kahlo, one of Mexico’s most admired and well-known artists will be celebrated at La Raza Galería Posada on Saturday July 12, 2014 from 1PM to 7PM. The event includes an artist talk featuring Bay Area Artist Martha Rodriguez, a Frida look-a like contest and an all women artist exhibition through August 31."


A fabulous Frida Kahlo celebration is coming to Sacramento's own La Raza Galeria Posada.  There is artwork, Frida look alike contests, panel discussions and a Frida bedroom installation. A day of Frida inspired activities for all to partake. This event is for you, your family, your friends. For those coming from San Francisco, it is a wonderful day trip, out of the fog and cold and into a real summer in Sacramento. Experience a feast for the eyes and ears and be transported to the land of Frida where her life becomes part of your own.

what:    Bound by Love, homage to Frida Kahlo,
             featuring work by Martha Rodriguez
where:  La Galeria Raza Posada

             2700 Front St. Sacramento CA
when:   Saturday July 12
time:     1pm to 7pm

Hope to see you there.

Martha Rodriguez of Estudio Martita
"Rojo in Red Dress" - 24" x 30" - acrylic on canvas
by Martha Rodriguez
"Madre del Mundo" - 16" x 20" - acrylic on canvas
by Martha Rodriguez
Copyright © 2014 ESTUDIOMARTITA, All rights reserved.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Martha at Pasion de Frida

two of my paintings, "Frida, Black, White and Grey at Pasion de Frida
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Pasion de Frida

A celebration of the birth of Frida Kahlo.

She was born July 6,1907. For those of us who love her art, her life and strength, we continue to honor her time on earth and especially her birthday!

I'm fortunate to be a part of Pasion de Frida, an art exhibit opening at Puerto Alegre Restaurant in San Francisco's Mission District. I will have two of my Frida paintings on display along with the work of almost forty different artists! The opening is Tuesday July 1st from 3 to 5pm.

There will be feasts for the eyes, treats and libations all to fill and satisfy you. The exhibit runs until August 12th.
Here's the details:

What:        Pasion de Frida

Where:     Puerto Alegre Restaurant
                 546 Valencia St, San Francisco
                 between 16th and 17th Street

When:      Tuesday July 1st from 3 to 5pm
                - exhibit will run until August 12th

Hope you can come to the opening and if not, please stop by Puerto Alegre for a look at the fabulous artwork on display.

all the best,
Martha Rodriguez of Estudio Martita

p.s. I have another show coming up on July 12th in Sacramento! I will be sending out a reminder in the next week. In the meantime, you can access the invite here: https://www.facebook.com/events/762419390455747/

I used to think I was the strangest person in the world but then I thought there are so many people in the world, there must be someone just like me who feels bizarre and flawed in the same ways I do. I would imagine her, and imagine that she must be out there thinking of me too. Well, I hope that if you are out there and read this and know that, yes, it's true I'm here, and I'm just as strange as you.” 
― Frida Kahlo


Friday, May 23, 2014

Painting Without Fear?

"painting, like life is an experiment in how far you can go,

 what you can let go of along the way and how you can

 enjoy the gift..."

--- my take on painting for Friday May 23,2013---

My goal lately has been to work without the fear of making

mistakes! Honestly the fear is difficult to tame but I can now

look at making mistakes as a tool to guide me in whatever 

direction I need to go! That is some sort of progress.

Here's some new work - all work in progress - that I've been painting in my studio this week. I'm either still painting the images (Girl on La Playa or have to do some revisions, Frida: Black, White Silver). Trying to go where my hands and mind take me!

Girl on La Playa

Frida: Black, White, Plata

Happy Friday to all!!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

AZTECA WARRIOR - new work by Martha Rodriguez / Estudio Martita

Painting, painting and painting more in the studio the last few weeks.  Life with its ebb and flow, life and death, continues all around me. Painting helps with the losses and the joys of rebirth while I busy my hands with the next image. All is good with me and my health. My familia is holding strong and the sun continues to shine. Here is my latest....

azteca warrior 
azteca warrior - acrylic on canvas - 14 x 16"

azteca warrior - acrylic on canvas - 14 x 16"

azteca warrior - acrylic on canvas - 14 x 16"

For inquiries on artwork, please email me at :

Happy Tuesday, y'all!!

Monday, May 5, 2014

Interview on Mission Local

I was lucky enough to be interviewed, along with five other artists about three weeks ago by  of Mission Local. Mission Local is an online news lab discussing the latest news from the Mission District of San Francisco. The interview discusses open studios (which happened on 4/26 and 4/27) and the future of artists in the Mission. I proud of the results so thought I would share it on my blog.

Mission Artists United Open Studios from Mission Local on Vimeo.

Happy Monday all.

p.s. more than you need to know.....

Tomorrow I get my first ever colonoscopy. I put it off for almost ten years. Considering my history of Leukemia, I've waited long enough and have given in to what needs to be done. I want to stay healthy so this is part of my healthy journey. Geez, but does it have to be all so...INTRUSIVE?????

Friday, May 2, 2014

La Hermana-hood of the Creadoras / Sisterhood of the Creatives

Perhaps I've been home too long today. I don't know. What I do know is I have an idea. After going to the opening last night of Honoring the Journey of Motherhood, I came away from that experience feeling as if there were a true sisterhood among Latina artists. While we may have lived life experiencing different lifestyles, been born into different generations, have a history steeped in various Latin American countries, we do have one thing in common: creativity. This creativeness bonds us together. It allows us to see colors, shapes, patterns more distinctly. We share our Latinaness and we share our ability to see our world in ways that need expression. This was the joy, security and bond that I felt last night. It was wonderful, a wonderful, wonderful experience.

So, my idea is that I want to create a group called LA HERMANA-hood of the CREADORAS. What will this group do?? I have no idea. What will its purpose be? Who knows? Will this be a real, active group? I don't know. After seeing such a lovely group last night, I just felt like naming us. We were cohesive, bonding, sharing and enjoyng each other. That experience in and of itself was a treasure to remember. For that, I think we deserve a name. If I come up with more ideas about this fictional or non-fictional group, I'll let you know. For now, last night, the night of Honoring the Journey of Motherhood was a fabulous meeting of La Hermana-hood of the Creadoras.
from the painting Gratitude
p.s. click on Honoring the Journey of Motherhood to see photos from event