The exhibition expounds upon Martinez’ interest in exploring alternate histories where women,
particularly women of color, are not excluded from specific cultural narratives typically
associated with privilege. Through her paintings, sculptures, and works on paper, Martinez
blends past with present and future, combining classical architectural elements with
contemporary pop cultural references to create the settings for her portraits, landscapes, and
still lifes. Her flat, bold style recalls iconic predecessors like Matisse, while her subject matter
prioritizes brown bodies that have been heretofore omitted from these kinds of images.
Lilian Martinez (b. 1986, Chicago, IL) lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. She earned a BFA in
Photography from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is the founder of BFGF, an art
brand working with digitally printed and woven versions of her artwork. She has exhibited her
work nationally and internationally, most recently with Ochi Projects, Los Angeles The Naughton
Gallery, Belfast, Ireland and Commune, Tokyo, Japan.