Melanie Martinez is an Austin artist working primarily in oil painting. Her early life led through many worlds, from journalism to horticulture, music, historic preservation, and interior design. The common thread is her interest in delving deeply and passionately into a topic that fires her up, particularly if it has a social or political theme. Her varied background informs her current work, which speaks to the loss communities experience in changing times. Melanie lives with two cats in one of Austin’s oldest neighborhoods where she is active in neighborhood preservation efforts. She is proud to call herself one of the first COVID-19 graduates of Texas State University’s BFA program in Studio Art.



              B.F.A. Studio Art, Painting, Spring 2020
                      Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas

              B.S. Family Consumer Science, Interior Design, Spring 2020
                      Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas

              B.A. Liberal Arts,  English (major) and American Studies (minor), Fall 1989
                       The University of Texas at Austin


              Student Juried Exhibition, Texas State University Galleries,  July 6-August 6, 2020 by appointment

                        Curated by Ed Schad, Curator and Publications Manager at The Broad in Los Angeles

              B.F.A. Thesis Exhibition, Texas State University, (Online) May 2020- Infinity


              Hallway Show, Texas State University, December 5-10, 2019
                        Curated by Tommy Fitzpatrick, Texas State University, Associate Professor, Studio Art: Painting


               The New Southern Fugitives, "Killer,"  Vol. 3, Issue 9. March 2020 

               The New Southern Fugitives, "Affordable Housing,"  Vol. 3, Issue 6. February 2020 

               The New Southern Fugitives, "Domino's Delivers,"  Vol. 3, Issue 1. December 2019 

               Sunspot Literary Journal, "Saturday in the Park,"  Vol. 1, Issue 5. December 2019


               Alpha Chi Honor Society, Feb. 2018 to Present
               School of Art & Design Scholarship, Texas State University 2019-2020


                  Texas Historical Commission, Courthouse Preservation Program, Austin, Texas, Summer 2019

                          Researcher, Historic Interior Materials

                 Serie Project XIV, Coronado Studio, Austin, Texas, Summer 2007
                         Serigraphy Apprenticeship with Master Printer Sam Coronado