Mena Martini

Art brings silence to the mind

nourishment to the soul

 
 
Born in Italy, in a charming white and blue fishermen’s village, I have been a fervid admirer of visual art since my late teens.
 
As a teacher, and still very young, I organized shows for artists and traveled in Europe visiting galleries and museums. An assignment as a language program coordinator with the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, took me to France for a few years and then to Canada, which became my home. Several trips throughout the world increased my awareness of international art.
 
In 2011 I was honoured to participate in the 54th Venice Biennale, as one of the three Italo-Canadian artists selected from Western Canada to have their works presented in the “Italy in the World” multimedia installation.
 
My oils and acrylics, mostly abstract, evoke hints of boats, traces of landscapes, glimpses of shapes. Rarely satisfied, I always look for balance and harmony.
 
I have exhibited several times over the years, in Canada, Italy, France and Switzerland, in solo or group exhibitions and in 2008 I was co-founder of the group the 5enses.
 
 
 
 
Awards and Publications
 
2014 Award of Excellence, Federation of Canadian Artists
2011 July/August Cover of Art Avenue Magazine, Fed. Can. Artists
2011 V. Sgarbi, State of the Arts, 54th Venice Biennale
2011 Jury Award, D’Annunzio Art Award, Italy
2010 Award of Excellence, Federation of Canadian Artists
2006 Bressani Literary Prize for the book “Cristallo”
2005 Shortlisted for Premio Teramo, Italy, Short Stories
 
Education
 
1986 BC Teacher Certificate - Vancouver, Canada
1974 Master - Foreign Languages and Literatures – University of Pescara, Italy 
   
   
   
   


2016

Represented by: Wendel Gallery, Vancouver, and Galleria d'Adamo, Pescara, Italy

August Harmony Arts Festival, West Vancouver
February Cerulean, Group Show (J), CityScape Gallery, North Vancouver
January Annual Juried Group Show, Prince Street Gallery, New York
   
2015

Represented by: Wendel Gallery, Vancouver, and Galleria d'Adamo, Pescara, Italy

December Discovery, Fire, Group Show (J), Seymour Art Gallery, North Vancouver
September-October 3 Rooms, 3 Artists, Wendel Gallery, Granville Island, Vancouver
August Harmony Arts Festival, Group Show, West Vancouver
April The Boat Show, Group Show at CityScape, North Vancouver
March Imaginaria, group show at the Wendel Gallery, Vancouver
February Cerulean, group show at CityScape, North Vancouver
January Red, groups show at the Seymour Gallery, North Vancouver
   
2014
Represented by: Galleria d’Adamo, Pescara, Italy      
November Point of View, group show at the Wendel Gallery
September - November Duo Show (J) at the Hycroft Gallery, Vancouver
August With the 5enses at the Harmony Arts Festival (J), West Vancouver
June Women against the Feminicide, Galleria d’Adamo, Pescara, Italy
May Towards Abstraction, 7 artists at the Federation Gallery, Vancouver
April Group show at the sonjART Galerie, Rapperswil, Switzerland
Part of several juried group shows at the Federation Gallery, Vancouver  

 

         
2013          
Represented by: Galleria d’Adamo, Pescara, Italy      
September Solo Exhibit, The Sound of Silence, Galleria d’Adamo, Pescara, Italy
August With the 5enses at the Harmony Arts Festival, West Vancouver
August With the 5enses at the Gallery Place des Arts in Coquitlam  
April U8 group show, Sopa Gallery, Kelowna    
Part of several juried group shows at the Federation Gallery, Vancouver  

 

         
2012          
Represented by: Buckland Southerst Gallery and Portico Gallery, BC    
October Installation, 1020 Eyremount Drive, West Vancouver  
September With the 5enses at Kay Meek, West Vancouver  
April U8 group show, Sopa Gallery, Kelowna    
Jan-June With the 5enses at the Centennial Theatre, North Vancouver
Part of several juried group shows at the Federation Gallery, Vancouver  

 

         
2011          
Represented by: Buckland Southerst Gallery and Portico Gallery, BC    
November La Dolce Vita, Duo Show at the West Vancouver Memorial Library
October Premio D’Annunzio Art Show, Pescara, Italy    
September Italo-Canadiens à la Biennale di Venezia, Yellow Fish Art, Montreal
June-Nov Venice Biennale (J) – 54th Intern. Art Exhibition – “Italy in the World”
June Italo-Canadian artists at the Venice Biennale, Ital. Cult. Inst. Vancouver
April-June Reflections of the Soul – Solo Exhibit – Campoletizia, Italy  
April U8 Art Show – Sopa Fine Arts, Kelowna    
February Captive of the Sea – Solo Exhibition at Ariel’s, West Vancouver
Part of several juried group shows at the Federation Gallery, Vancouver  

 

         
2010          
Represented by: The Art Room Gallery, West Vancouver    
October 5 Senses and Sensibilities (J), CityScape Gallery, North Vancouver
September The Sixth Sense: the 5enses at the Scotia Creek Gallery, Whistler
June Summer Solstice, the 5enses at the Leighdon Gallery, Vancouver
Feb.-Mar. National Winter Art Show (J), TOSH, Qualicum Beach  
Part of several juried group shows at the Federation Gallery, Vancouver  

 

         
2009          
November Groups Show at Trisconi, Vionnaz, Switzerland  
October Art Abstrait, Group Show at the Galerie Art' et Miss, Paris, France
April With the 5enses: Stepping into Abstraction, Silk Purse, West Vancouver

 

         
2008          
June Joy of Abstract, Group Show at the Alliance Française, Vancouver