Lydia Martin


“My ongoing painting series entitled,’Lotería’ was inspired by and organized around the traditional images associated with the popular Latin American/ Mexican game of fortune, Lotería: a version of bingo which utilizes pictorial cards instead of letters and numbers. I invited my colleague, artist, Kseniya Galper, to hand create an original sequence of corresponding Lotería cards that would serve as labels to each of my paintings. Using the game’s stock images as my focus, I work across genres—such as figure painting: (“La Sirena,” “La Dama”, “La Mano,” “El Musico,” “El Soldado,” “Las Arras”); interior: (“La Bota,” “El Sol,” “La Luna”), exterior/ cityscape/ landscape: (“El Borracho,” “El Arbol”) and still life: (“La Botella,” “La Estrella,” “La Maceta,” “El Diablito, ” “Lotería”)—to offer fresh interpretations of the concepts that stand behind the game’s rich folkloric history. In so doing, I aim to reconnect in distinctive ways with these everyday personalities, locales, and objects that quietly lend the game its broad
cultural appeal and significance.”

Lydia Martin is an American contemporary realist painter from Boston. Her preferred medium is oil, though she is equally at home with watercolor, acrylic, and pastel. The surfaces on which she works are equally various: linen, canvas, wood panel, aluminum panel and paper. The applied techniques she has studied are primarily classical, as perfected in the Italian and Northern Renaissance and imported experimentally into the modern age. Lydia was invited to work with the renowned painter, Odd Nerdrum at his Art Atelier, "Memorosa" in Stavern, Norway. She attended West Chester University and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, where she studied with Sidney Goodman. In later years, she attended the Massachusetts College of Art, to study with pastel painter, Janet Monafo. Lydia Martin is a Professor Emeritus of Art & Design at Suffolk University, Boston, MA, where she taught for 30 years, courses in painting, drawing, 2-dimensional design, color, perspective, architectural rendering, printmaking and paper making. She was awarded Suffolk University’s “Outstanding Art & Design Faculty of the Year” and was also awarded the prestigious Marion and
Jasper Whiting Foundation Fellowship to study abroad in Paris, France. Lydia Martin was recognized as one of the Art Career Project’s “15 Notable Art Professors in Boston.”

Awarded in painting and pastel drawing, Lydia Martin’s art works have been included in museum and art centers’ exhibitions through out the country such as, New York’s Arnot Art Museum, the National Arts Club, Salmagundi Arts Club, Stony Brook University Museum Gallery, the Butler Institute of American Art, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art Museum, the Peale House, the James A. Michener Museum of Art, Harvard University’s Arnold Arboretum Art Center, the Whistler House Museum of Art, the
Copley Society of Art Center, the Bennington Center for the Arts as well as in art gallery solo and group exhibitions such as, NY’s SoHo Broome Street Gallery & the First Street Gallery, the Newington-Cropsey Foundation Gallery, Providence’s Chabot Gallery, Boston’s Chase Gallery and Lyman-Eyer Gallery, the Crane Collection, Six Summit Gallery, Franklin Square Gallery, St. Louis Artist’s Guild, Barnsite Studio & Art Gallery, Period Gallery and San Francisco’s Powell Street Gallery. Her art works are also included in private collections in the US and Europe and have been pictured in various technical art books through North Light Books, Quarto and Cedco publications. Several of her paintings were pictured on book covers as well: “Secrets in the Sand: The Young Women of Juarez” book of poetry by renowned Chilean poet, Marjorie Agosin and “Renaissance Reflections: Selected Essays 1976-2012” by University of Massachusetts English Professor Emeritus, Arthur F. Kinney- who’s portrait she was commissioned to create and was installed in UMass library Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies.