I L Y A N A   M A R T I N E Z

Ilyana Martínez was born in Toronto to a Mexican father and Canadian mother, and was raised in Pittsburgh and in Mexico City. She lives in Toronto where she has an art and design studio.

Martínez graduated from the Ontario College of Art & Design in 2002, with a major in Drawing and Painting. Previous studies include a Bachelor of Design at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, and an exchange program at Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication in the UK. In the past, she has been involved in design endeavours with prominent museums in Canada and abroad, such as The Manitoba Museum (Winnipeg), the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa), the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology (Drumheller), the Glenbow Museum (Calgary), and the Museo Nacional de Arte (Mexico City).
She has won numerous awards and grants for her drawings and paintings, among these from the esteemed Pollock Krasner Foundation in NY and the Canada Council for the Arts. She has participated in art residencies in Croatia, Serbia, Mexico and Canada.

Selected Exhibitions

2017    New White Door: Come In from the Cold, Toronto ON

2016    24th Annual Festival of Smalls, Art Interiors, Toronto ON
2016    Off the Hook Auction, MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie ON
2016    Affordable Art Fairs Hong Kong / New York / Korea
2016    Fiesta–Art Brownie, Toronto ON
2016    Obra reciente–Recent Work, Jiutepec Mexico

2015 Love Art, Affordable Art Fair, Toronto
2015 Affordable Art Fair, New York NY
2015 Affordable Art Fair, Hong Kong
2015 Affordable Art Fair, Hampstead UK

2014 Affordable Art Fair, New York NY
2014 Paperworks, Spence Gallery, Toronto
2014 Art Bound Books, Regina Public Library, Regina SK
2013 Affordable Art Fair, Mexico City, Mexico
2013 Imagine–Arts Centre Pilot Project, Latin American Canadian Art Projects, Toronto
2013 Select Art Fair, Miami, FL

2012 Festival of Smalls, Art Interiors, Toronto
2012 Affordable Art Fair, Seattle OR
2012 IDEARTE Art Auction, Museum of National Identity, Tegucigalpa, Honduras
2012 Affordable Art Fair, New York NY
2012 XNOX Art Auction, Guatemala City, Guatemala
2012 FreshFaces, Newzones, Calgary AB
2012 The Sketchbook Project, Brooklyn Art Library, Brooklyn NY
2012 Spring Exhibition, Spence Gallery, Toronto
2011 Art Auction XNOX, Guatemala City, Guatemala
2011 Autumn Collective, Art Dealers Gallery, Monterrey, Mexico
2011 Affordable Art Fair, New York NY
2011 Fraction / Memory, OCAD Graduate Gallery, Toronto
2011 Galerija Gradskog, Knin Museum, Knin, Croatia
2010 Paperworks, Spence Gallery, Toronto
2010 Affordable Art Fair, New York NY
2010 The Fiction Project, Brooklyn Art Library, Brooklyn NY
2009 Festival of Smalls, Art Interiors, Toronto
2009 The Artist Project, Toronto
2009 Mail-art installation, Metropolitan Cultural Center, Guatemala City, Guatemala
2008 Fraction / Memory, Urban Interventions, Toronto
2008 Rhyme the Image–Ways of Seeing, Hotshot, Toronto
2008 ARWI, 3rd International Puerto Rico Art Fair, San Juan, Puerto Rico
2008 PaperWorks, Spence Gallery, Toronto
2008 Paper Chase, G+ Galleries, Toronto
2008 MERGE, Art Gallery of Ontario's Art Rental and Sales, Toronto
2007 G(art) Fair, Nuit Blanche at Index G, Toronto
2007 “The Sharp Farewell” Distrikt Gallery, Belgrade, Serbia
2007 Artexpo New York, New York NY
2007 Echo, 8 Women 8 Voices, Galerie St-Ambroise, Montréal QC
2007 Design Hope Toronto, Gallery 1313, Toronto
2006 Las peripecias de la línea, Centro Cultural del Bosque, Mexico City
2006 Toronto International Art Fair with Z’otz* Collective, Toronto
2006 Digital Evento, Gallery 1313, Toronto
2006 eX Margins: Ideas of Collaboration, Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts, Toronto
2006 The Spring Collection, Spence Gallery, Toronto
2005 Idiomática Lennox Gallery, Toronto
2005 Kaléidoscope, EspacePerspective, Montréal QC
2005 smaller3, Neutral Ground, Regina SK
2005 Drawing 2005, John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto
2004 Ebb & Flow, Gallery 1313, Toronto
2003 Dentro l’immagine, Florence, Italy
2002 GO WEST, Tusk Gallery, Toronto


Advanced Visual Studies Certificate, Florence, Italy 2003 AOCAD Honours, Ontario College of Art & Design 2002 B. Des., Nova Scotia College of Art and Design 1991 Summer Program in Graphic Design, Yale University, Switzerland 1991 Exchange Program, Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication, UK 1990

Grants & Awards

Ontario Arts Council Access and Career Development Grant 2015
Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant 2013
Canada Council for the Arts Project Grant 2013
Ontario Arts Council Emerging Artist Grant 2008
Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grant 2007
Ontario Arts Council Emerging Artist Grant 2006
Watercolour Honourable Mention, TOAE 2005
W.O. Forsyth Scholarship 2002
OCAD Drawing & Painting Faculty Award 2002
Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour Honour Award 2000
Yale Summer Program Scholarship 1991
Memorial Scholarship 1991
Endowment Fund Scholarship 1990


The Donovan Collection Private collections in Regina, Winnipeg, Mexico City, Tijuana, Ottawa, Toronto

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