My canvases speak the language of my dreams.
German-born artist Martina Hoffmann’s paintings are directly inspired by the realms of the dream, the unconscious and the superconscious.
“Bringing back these images is about communication. The painting becomes the otherworldly blueprint from which we can translate into human context. The message is simple: If we allow it, there is no limit to form and content. This holds the potential for us to be able to create a reality as beautiful, healthy and strong as our imagination permits.”
Hoffmann’s work has been exhibited internationally. She teaches painting classes together with her husband, Fantastic Realist Robert Venosa, all over the world.
German-born artist, Martina Hoffmann, spent her childhood in Cameroon, equatorial West Africa, where she grew up surrounded by three different cultures: the German heritage in her home, French schooling and social life, and the indigenous African culture which informed and enriched her life at the deepest instinctual levels. Having been raised multi-lingually helped open the door for an understanding of the importance of communication early on. Growing up as white minority in black Africa instilled the desire to help create, through art, a global integral culture that will one day be united under 'One Spirit'.
Later back in Germany she majored in art with professor Kiefer (father of Anselm Kiefer) and studied sculpting at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt with Professor Spelmann.
Hoffmann works as a painter and sculptress. Her unique iconography has been greatly inspired by expanded states of consciousness; the realms of the imagination, meditation, shamanic work and the dream state. Much of her imagery shows a deep connection to the sacred feminine while her sculptural work is undeniably influenced by African energy. Hoffmann feels that her work is best described by the term 'Transformational Art'. Her paintings are manifested by allowing the creative channels to act as an oracle for herself as well as the human family.
"Bringing back these images is about communication. The painting becomes the otherworldly blueprint from which we can translate into human context. The message is simple: If we allow it, there is no limit to form and content. This holds the potential for us to be able to create a reality as beautiful, healthy and strong as our imagination permits."
For the past ten years, Hoffmann has taught painting workshops with her husband, Robert Venosa, at centers and institutes such as Esalen,Big Sur, California, the CIIS (California Institute of Integral Studies,San Francisco), The Crossings, Austin, Texas, Skyros Institute(Greece), The Santa Reparata International School of Art in Florence,Italy, as well as at various private retreat centers around the world.
She has spoken at the AllChemical Arts Conference in Kona, Hawaii, the Entheogens, Transcendence & Creativity - Panel at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, the Prophets Conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the MindStates Conference, Berkeley, California, Boom Festival, Portugal as well as Synergenesis, San Francisco, California.
Her work has been exhibited and collected worldwide, as well as being published internationally in books and calendars such as Noospheres, Pomegranate Artbooks, Illuminatus, Fine Arts Press, Drinking Lightning,Shambhala Publications, One Source, Sacred Journeys, Markowitz Publishers, Psychonautische Landkarte, Steiner & Hirsl, The Return Of The Great Goddess, Shambala Publications, and magazines such as Magical Blend, Shaman's Drum, MAPS, Entheogene Blätter, Wellbeing Magazine, Expose, We'Moon, Nexus and the 13 Moon Universal Calendar.
Hoffmann has also designed CD covers and created original photography and art for CDs such as Kitaro's Mandala, Nawang Ketchog's Karuna, Double Dose's Sense Of Spirit and Kan'Nal's Dreamwalker. The artist lives and works both in the US and Spain.