Venazir Martinez is a 23-year old Filipino visual anthropreneur and a street muralist, a multi-potential creative best credited for her unprecedented social experiments using site-specific street art that challenges the visual perception of the public.
Her series of public art is found in Baguio City, Philippines, entitled Hila-bana, temporary stitching, unified by the red string concept portraying anthropological figures of the collective identities of the Cordilleras. She has been visually reformulating and developing this creative voyage in tune with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts and Harnisch Foundation in New York.
Martinez’s creative process is influenced by Filipino indigenous knowledge and links it with a contemporary mindset through the lenses of multitudinous identities. Her style captures the realistic representations of indigenous peoples and customs, while simultaneously permeated with flamboyant stratification of abstractive, delineating forms, and spontaneity. This progressive visual approach exemplifies the multifaceted influences that shaped our collective core values. Venazir’s deep enthrallment with the discourse of the discovery of one’s identity ultimately engendered her existence, thus, primed to deconstruct her concept of continuity on Filipino’s connected presence in a global scale.