Martina Hoffmann works as a painter and sculptress. Hoffmann has spoken at international conferences such as Convergence and The Amazonian Shamanism Conference in Iquitos, Peru, The International Conference on Expanded States of Consciousness at the University of Cuernavaca, Mexico, The Alchemical Conference in Kona Hawaii, Mindstates Conference in Berkeley and Prophets Conference in Santa Fe as well as at Burning Man and the Boom Festival in Portugal. She has taught painting workshops worldwide together with her husband, the late Robert Venosa, at such institutes as Omega, Esalen and Skyros, Greece.
Martina spent her childhood in Germany as well as Cameroon, West Africa, where she was raised bi-lingually in French and German, while surrounded by African, French and German culture. Upon returning to Europe with her family she finished her formal education in Germany majoring in art with professor Kiefer (father of Anselm Kiefer) while studying sculpting and French at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany.
As the need to travel and experiencing new places is an innate part of her nature, Martina moved to Paris, living there until the flow of events brought her to Cadaques, Spain (home of Salvador Dali). While discovering this romantic, beautiful bay on the Mediterranean coast she met visionary artist, Robert Venosa, and, inspired by his work, took up painting.
Living the life of an artist proved to be more exciting and educational than academics, so Hoffmann decided to permanently move to Spain and embarque on the inspirational journey of being an artist full time. Upon arrival in Cadaques she moved into Venosa’s studio.
As both shared the fascination for travel they soon embarked on a series of trips to Venosa’s homeland, the United States, and, after several journeys back and forth, they eventually decided to set up studios in both Colorado, and Cadaques.
In her formative years as a painter, Martina also designed and marketed her own line of clothing and jewelry, with articles on her work and activities published in Ornament Magazine, Accessories Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, et al.
In the early 90′s Hoffmann joined a group of Colorado women artists and activists who presented their ideas and concerns in multi- media stage shows under the name of ‘Vox Femina’. For those shows Martina created live sculpture on stage, videos, as well as her own multi-media performance pieces. During this time she also taught sculpting to children and disabled adults.
As a painter and sculptor , Martina Hoffmann, has interspersed her life of creating art with giving painting technique workshops with Venosa at such institutes as The Skyros Institute on the island of Skyros in Greece, Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California and the CIIS (California Institute of Integral Studies), as well as private workshops in Boulder, Colorado and on the Big Island in Hawaii.
Hoffmann’s work has been exhibited and collected worldwide. It has been published internationally in books and magazines, including ‘Metamorphosis’ (BeinArt Publishing 2007), and ‘‘Juxtapoz’. Together Hoffmann and Venosa have designed numerous CD covers. Martina has also designed and created original art for book covers.
“Your images show an artistry in painting that suffices to produce amazement and admiration for which words fail me.“ Dr. Albert Hofmann, Switzerland