Artist Name – Kimy Martinez
KMart (Kimy Martinez) started painting at a very young age. Her work is about the circle of life. She began painting decaying women when her father first was diagnosed with cancer and then died in the early 2000’s. She had a strong desire to go back into the earth, every organ and tissue slowly decaying back into the beauty of nature. Now, she has painted portraits of her friends and several self-portraits of her body in decay. Her work is narrative portraiture using oil and acrylic paints on canvas.
KMart has her MFA degree in Poetry and Screenwriting at San Jose State University. She has been awarded the 2018 Virginia de Araujo Academy of American Poets Prize award for her poem “Big Brother” chosen by California Poet Laureate Dana Gioia. She has also been awarded the James D. Phelan Award for graduate free verse, the Dorrit Sibley Poetry Award for excellence in poetry, the Ida Faye Sachs Memorial Scholarship Endowment for poetry, and the Graduate Equity Fellowship Scholarship. Kimy converted one of her epic poems into a short screenplay and then created a short film. It played at 2016 Cinequest Film Festival. She was the concept writer for another short film called Bill Rules that premiered at 2018 Cinequest Film Festival.
She has been published in REED Magazine 150th Issue and had served as their lead poetry editor in 2016-2017. She had been the art editor of the online e-zine, LitNImage. Kimy has published her art work in Experienced: Rock Music Tales of Fact & Fiction Edited by Roland Goity and John Ottey and 7 Powers of Creating by Halfdan Hussey. She created the event Poets N Film, a collaboration with REED Magazine and Cinequest. It showcases performance poetry from local poets and poetry films. Kimy is the President and Co-Founder of Stabbydoll Media, an independent film company. She is now acting Lead Reader for short screenplays with Cinequest Film Festival.
Medium(s) – Mixed Media, Painting