Maria Martinez-Cañas
Cuban, born 1960
Selected exhibitions
Julie Saul Gallery at PULSE Miami Beach 2015,
Julie Saul Gallery
Selected Works,
Octavia Art Gallery
Maria Martinez-Cañas: Photo Paintings,
Julie Saul Gallery

Maria Martinez-Cañas tests the limits of photography, using nearly every form of the medium—from analog to digital, color to black-and-white, camera-less to camera-based—to create photographs, collages, videos, and mixed-media installations through which she explores the mutability of identity and perception. As she explains, her own background shapes her vision and work: “Because I consider myself to be a Cuban-born, Puerto Rican-grown American citizen, […] the three cultures have had a different way of making me realize how I react to my environment, to the way that I look at the world.” Blurred, fragmented, collaged, and layered, the images in Martinez-Cañas’s works are ambiguous; the plants, people, urban and domestic scenes, and microorganisms of her compositions are altered by photography into symbols of perception, filtering the world, as the camera filters images, through …

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