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.

She majored in Drawing and Painting at Ontario College of Art & Design. She holds a BDesign from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, and studied at Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication in the UK. Ilyana has been involved in design projects with prominent museums in Canada and abroad, such as the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa), the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology (Drumheller), the Glenbow Museum (Calgary), Museo Nacional de Arte (Mexico City) and the Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto).
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. Ilyana has also published illustrations for two books for children.


selected exhibitions
2018    Collections, Connections and Reconnections, Montreal Museum of Fine Art –
           Montreal Canada (Z’otz* Collective)
2017    Two Rivers Gallery – Prince George BC Canada (Z’otz* Collective)
2017    Arte en Mayo International Festival – Guatemala City Guatemala
2017    New White Door: Come In from the Cold, Gallery50 – Toronto Canada
2016    24th Annual Festival of Smalls, Art Interiors – Toronto Canada
2016    Off the Hook Auction, MacLaren Art Centre – Barrie ON Canada
2016    Fiesta Art Brownie, IndexG – Toronto Canada
2016    Obra reciente–Recent Work – Jiutepec Mexico
2014    Sketchbook for Art Bound Books, Regina Public Library – Regina SK Canada
2014    Arte Internacional, ArtDealers Gallery – Monterrey Mexico
2014    Paperworks, Spence Gallery – Toronto Canada
2013    Imagine–Arts Centre Pilot Project, LACAP – Toronto Canada
2012    IDEARTE Art Auction, Museum of National Identity – Tegucigalpa Honduras
2012    XNOX Art Auction – Guatemala City Guatemala
2012    FreshFaces, Newzones – Calgary Canada
2012    The Sketchbook Project, Brooklyn Art Library – Brooklyn NY USA
2012    Spring Exhibition, Spence Gallery – Toronto Canada
2011    XNOX Art Auction – Guatemala City Guatemala
2011    Re:Inhabit, Galerija Gradskog, Knin Museum – Knin Croatia
2011    Autumn Collective, Art Dealers Gallery – Monterrey Mexico
2011    Fraction / Memory, OCAD Graduate Gallery – Toronto Canada
2010    Paperworks, Spence Gallery – Toronto Canada
2010    Festival of Smalls, Art Interiors – Toronto Canada
2010    The Fiction Project, Brooklyn Art Library –  Brooklyn NY USA
2009    Mail-art installation, Metropolitan Cultural Center – Guatemala City Guatemala
2008    Fraction/Memory, Urban Interventions – Toronto Canada
2008    PaperWorks, Spence Gallery – Toronto Canada
2008    Paper Chase–World Washi Summit, G+ Galleries – Toronto Canada
2007    Arte Correo, Spanish Cultural Centre – Tegucigalpa, Honduras
2007    The Sharp Farewell, Distrikt Gallery – Belgrade Serbia
2007    Amate Drawings, G+ Galleries – Toronto Canada
2007    Echo–8 Women 8 Voices, Galerie St-Ambroise – Montreal Canada
2006    Las peripecias de la línea, Centro Cultural del Bosque – Mexico City Mexico
2006    The Spring Collection, Spence Gallery – Toronto Canada
2005    Kaléidoscope, EspacePerspective – Montreal Canada
2004    Past/Forward, Harbourfront Centre – Toronto Canada
2004    Ebb & Flow, Gallery 1313 – Toronto Canada
2003    Dentro l’immagine – Florence Italy
2002    GO WEST, Tusk Gallery – Toronto Canada

art fairs
2017    Affordable Art Fair – Hong Kong
2016    Affordable Art Fairs Hong Kong – New York – Korea
2015    Love Art, Affordable Art Fair – Toronto
2015    Affordable Art Fairs New York – Hong Kong – Hampstead UK
2014    Affordable Art Fair – New York
2014    Love Art, Affordable Art Fair – Toronto
2013    Affordable Art Fair – Mexico City
2013    Select Art Fair –  Miami
2012    Affordable Art Fairs – Seattle – New York
2012    Affordable Art Fair – New York
2010    Affordable Art Fair – New York
2009    The Artist Project – Toronto
2008    ARWI, 3rd International Puerto Rico Art Fair – San Juan, Puerto Rico
2007    Artexpo New York – New York


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


grants and awards

2017    Ontario Arts Council Chalmers Grant – Ontario
2015    Ontario Arts Council Access Grant – Ontario
2013    Pollock–Krasner Foundation Grant – New York USA
2013    Canada Council for the Arts Project Grant – Canada
2008    Ontario Arts Council Emerging Artist Grant – Ontario
2008    Art Registry Program, Museum of Latin American Art – Long Beach USA
2007    Selected artist of The Viewing Program, The Drawing Center – New York USA
2007    Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grant – Ontario
2006    Ontario Arts Council Emerging Artist Grant  – Ontario
2005    Watercolour Honourable Mention, TOAE – Toronto Canada
2002    W.O. Forsyth Scholarship – Toronto Canada
2002    OCAD Drawing & Painting Faculty Award – Toronto Canada
2000    Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour Honour Award – Toronto Canada
1991    Yale Summer Program Scholarship – Brissago Switzerland
1991    Memorial Scholarship – Halifax Canada
1990    Endowment Fund Scholarship – Halifax Canada



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

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