“I create stories. Each piece is a part of a bigger conversation I’m having with the audience. Paper, wood panels, street signs, found objects, and aluminum sheets are some of my canvases. I choose the medium depending on each surface. Constantly moving between different points in time and space is what influences me. Have you ever been to someone’s house where nothing matches? From the furniture you’re sitting on, the frames on the wall, and the silverware on your plate, but it all feels right? I want my art to capture that feeling.” – Andres Martinez

Artist Biography

Andres Martinez was born in Hialeah, Florida in 1983. A descendant of Caribbean and South American immigrants who settled in Miami in the 1980’s during “El Mariel”. Andres attended the School of Visual Arts in New York City, received his bachelors in Studio Art in 2007. After a couple years traveling he returned home with a new found desire to grow with Miami as one of its artists. He creates series of works that are saturated with obviousness, mental inertia, clichés and bad jokes. The work reflects his mixed heritage and questions the profound meaning and superficial aesthetic appearance of everyday images.

Rocking Chair Sessions

Maria Theresa Barbist and Elysa D. Batista are both locally based South Florida artists that collaborate as the BABA COLLECTIVE. They originally met at the Bakehouse Art Complex in Wynwood, FL during their individual artist residencies in 2016.

The idea of the BABA COLLECTIVE was born when in discussion of the diversity of artists that were found at the BAC, and other institutions in Miami, they realized the lack of archives providing the ability to access interviews of these individuals. Thus RCS: ROCKING CHAIRS SESSIONS was created. A publicly accessible forum where one could find individual recordings describing the professions, media, and life of South Florida based creatives.

Launching their collaborative endeavor in 2017, the BABA COLLECTIVE seeks to amass a window into the lives and process of SoFla based professionals in the arts.