Cuban Carnival Workshop 2008

Maritza lead the Cuban Carnival Workshop 2008

Martiza Molina is a visual artist who works in photography, performance, video, and drawing. A graduate with honors of the Rhode Island School of Design, Maritza Molina has exhibited her photography, video installations, and performance widely in Miami, across the United States, and abroad. She was a 2007 artist in residence with the Association of Icelandic Visual Artists and the Reykjavik Art Museum and a winner of the Artists Enhancement Grant from the State Division of Cultural Affairs and the Artist Access Grant from the Miami-Dade Department of Cultural Affairs and Tigertail Productions that same year. She has exhibited with the Lyle O. Reitzel Gallery, Leonard Tachmes, Gallery, and the David Azoulay Gallery in Miami, at the Armory Show and Exit Art in New York City, and at the Yale Art Gallery. Her work and performances are frequently featured at the Bass Museum of Art. Molina also teaches community arts to adults, children, and youth at Miami-Dade Community College.

She lead the first official Carnival Arts workshop in July 2008, where young artists took turns making plaster casts of each other’s faces, then painted their masks to express themselves.

In July 2009, she lead a mask-making workshop inspired by the orisha figures of the Afro-Cuban  religion rooted in the Yoruba traditions of what is now Nigerian. She instructed the young artists to create god-like faces.