Teresa Martins

“My painting is a joyful one. The color patch fills the whole support, creating dynamics as a result of the techniques used. It's a liberating and spontaneous painting, and as such perceived by the viewers, conveying a positive and warm energy in each and every work.”

Untitled - Mixed media on canvas 60 x 80 cm

Portuguese artist, Teresa Martins' training, and professional experience have been in the field of communication, but for many years she has also been very interested in different styles and materials.

"An unceasing desire to search for and discover new challenges made my artistic side evolve and create new ways of seeing, feeling and communicate. With the usage of glass as a basis for my painting came the worry to recycle this material, often found mixed with garbage, reusing it and giving it a new life and a new appearance. The fluidity of stained glass paint, the shine and transparency of glass and acrylic materials mean that each and every work has a life of their own and interact in its own peculiar way with the surrounding environment. Each painting is influenced and its final appearance modified by the place where it is exhibited and the reflexions that come from those elements. No doubt it is a demanding material, but also a very enriching one."


Tour With Friends - Stained glass on canvas 100 x 100 cm
Elephant Taking A Shower - Stained glass on canvas 100 x 100 cm

In 2015, Teresa Martins included once again canvas in her work, using the glitter of stained glass paint in harmony with other materials such as acrylic or collages. With canvas, she wants to capture the essence of this medium, both the smooth surface of the canvas and its own structure for the construction of her works. The following year, she discovers tile and approaches it with the same energy that has characterized her work with other media. To this element, she adds alcohol paint and resin to create single tile works or tile panels.

Martins has had seventeen individual exhibitions and participated in more than a hundred collective shows, both in Portugal and abroad, having received more than a dozen prizes in Portugal and Brazil. Her work is represented in private collections in Portugal, Spain, Germany, Brazil, Argentina and the USA.

Transformation - Stained glass on canvas 100 x 100 cm
Dance - Stained glass on canvas 80 x 120 cm

This review was published by Circle Foundation for the Arts © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist


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