Exhibition List and Artistic Credentials

Soraida Martinez, Artist, Designer, Author
Studio Location:New Location, 220 South Berlin Road, Lindenwold, New Jersey 08021
Tel: 856-346-3131 Fax: 856-346-3251
www.soraida.com

 

VERDAISM, Paintings Juxtaposed with Written Social Commentaries Since 1992
Soraida Martinez is a Latina artist of Puerto Rican heritage who is known as the creator of Verdadism, a form of hard-edge abstraction in which paintings are juxtaposed with social commentaries on truth in America, Soraida was born in New York City and is also a graphic designer specializing in corporate literature. Soraida studied art at Rowan University, where she majored in fine art with a specialization in design and graduated in 1981; she also holds a Liberal Arts degree focusing on psychology. Soraida calls her art style Verdadism because her paintings are accompanied by her written social commentaries, which are based on her personal life experiences. Soraida has gained recognition and received many awards for her unique thought-provoking and visually-stimulating art style, which she created in 1992 and which addresses issues of sexism, racism and stereotyping while seeking to promote a deeper understanding of the human soul and tolerance. Soraida and her art have been featured in many magazines and newspapers, as well as on radio and television; and, she also served as a member of the New Jersey State Council On The Arts. Through her art, Soraida is an activist and humanitarian who visits young children in schools in order to encourage and inspire them to strive to achieve their fullest potential. She is frequently asked to do workshops on her Verdadism art and philosophy at colleges and universities.


Birthplace 1956...............................................Manhattan, New York City

Artistic Achievements
1981-1986........................................ Product illustrator for J.G. Durand International, French Crystal Company
1982-1985.........................................Freelance/in-house Art Director and Graphic Designer for Corporations
1986-Present......................................Formed Persona Advertising, Art/Design Studio Specializing in Corporate Literature Design
1992-Present......................................Created Verdadism, Art Style with Humanistic Philosophy and Written Social Commentaries
1999...................................................Wrote Book on The Art of Verdadism

Verdadism Solo Art Exhibitions

1994........................................................Walt Whitman Cultural Arts Center (Andrew Vitagliano Art Gallery), Camden-NJ
1994........................................................Camden Community Credit Union, Camden-NJ
1994........................................................Borders Books & Music, Marlton-NJ
1994........................................................Passaic County Community College (Broadway Gallery), Paterson-NJ
1995........................................................Markeim Art Center, Haddonfield-NJ
1995........................................................New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, Trenton-NJ
1995........................................................SASCA (Spanish-American Social & Cultural Association), Willingboro-NJ
1995........................................................Serengeti Jazz Cafe, Pennsauken-NJ
1996........................................................Trenton State College, Trenton-NJ
1996........................................................Omni Cultural Center, West Chester-PA
1996........................................................University of Dentistry & Medicine/School of Osteopathic Medicine, Stratford-NJ
1996........................................................Cumberland County College (Frank Guaracini Fine Art Center), Vineland-NJ
1997........................................................West Chester University "Women Of Color Conference," West Chester-PA
1997........................................................Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Orange-NJ
1997........................................................Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, New York-NY
1998........................................................Atlantic City Art Center, Atlantic City-NJ
1998........................................................University of the Arts, Philadelphia-PA
1998........................................................Colombia University, New York-NY
1998........................................................John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York-NY
1998........................................................Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies, Philadelphia-PA
2000.........................................................Barnes & Noble, Moorestown-New Jersey
2000.........................................................Barnes & Noble, New York-New York/ Exhibition and book Signing
2000.........................................................Barnes & Noble, Wilmington-DE
2000.........................................................Barnes & Noble, Marlton-NJ
2000.........................................................Barnes & Noble, New Brunswick-NJ
2001.........................................................University of the Sciences, Philadelphia-PA
2001.........................................................Trinity College, Hartford-CT

2002........................................................Veterans Administration Regional Offices, Philadelphia, PA

Group Art Shows
1996.......................................................Summit BanCorp, "Latin-American Artists Group Show," Princeton-NJ
1996.......................................................Camden County Library "South Jersey Museum Group Show," Voorhees-NJ
1996.......................................................Latin American Economic Development Association, "Distinguished Regional Artists' Group Show," Camden-NJ
1997.......................................................Paterson Museum, "The Diversity Of The Art of The Latina Woman," Paterson-NJ
2000.......................................................Delaware Art Museum, "A World of Latin Artists," Wilmington-DE

Awards and Acknowledgments
1995......................................................."Inspiration and Commitment" award, Latino Chamber of Commerce, Mercer County-NJ
1996.......................................................Appointed by the Governor of New Jersey to the New Jersey State Council on the Arts
1996......................................................"Distinguished Woman of 1996" award, La Tribuna Newspaper of New Jersey /New York
1999.......................................................Inducted into the twenty-first edition (1999-2000) of Who's Who of American Women
2001.......................................................Distinguished Alumni, Cumberland County College, Vineland-NJ
2000.......................................................Soraida Martinez Proclamation Day, Mayor's Office, Atlantic City-NJ

Education
1978........................................................Associate in liberal Arts, Cumberland County College, Vineland, New Jersey
1981........................................................Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art, Specialization in General design, Concentration in graphic design, Glassboro State College (Rowan University)

Appearances/Featured Articles on Verdadism Art Since 1992

Television/Radio: NJN Public Television "Images and Imagenes," "The Steven Adubato Show," "Another View" "Philly live," WYBE Public Television, WRTI Jazz Radio, NJN Syndicated Radio Magazines: Latina, Latina Style, Jersey Style, Que Linda, Moderna, Rowan Newspapers/Periodicals: Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Tribune, South Jersey Courier Post, Philadelphia Daily News, Burlington County Times, Bergen County Times, Daily News, Atlantic City Press, Evesham Trend, Cumberland News, Bridgeton Evening News, Trenton Times, City Paper Spanish-Language Newspapers: El Diario/La Prensa, La Tribuna, El Hispano, La Revista, El Veterano, Vision-Hispana, La Actualidad, Al Dia Internet: Oprah's "Oxygen," about.com, dejanews.com

Publishing Credits for Verdadism Paintings.

Prentice Hall, McGraw-Hill Higher Education, Harcourt Achieve, Signs: Journal for Women, Minority Medical Students Journal, Louisiana State University Press, Conscience: News Journal of Pro-choice Catholic Opinion,Oxford Press.