Today we’d like to introduce you to Margarita Marti March.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I was born with a left brachial plexus paralysis, which means that my left hand has limited movement. This left me with an extremely good right hand. Because of the motor problem, I developed as a kid I did not like sports etc. I preferred drawing and painting and I was good at it. Throughout school painting and reading were my strengths. It was something I enjoyed tremendously. During the next years, I developed severe scoliosis making the need for surgery urgent. I had to travel to the US all the way from my Mediterranean island, Cyprus. After I had my spinal fusion surgery at 18 my movement was very limited. I had to avoid sudden movements and in general being very careful.
This was limiting me. I found myself once again drawing and painting obsessively. Drawing movement, women dancing, sceneries out of this world… things I could not do because I was limited. If I can do it… at least I can draw it,
Since art was a relief for me, I could not abandon it. After my university studies as an elementary teacher, I decided to follow a Master of Creative Arts (Visual arts) in education in the UK. Though I taught art to children, nothing compares with the time I spend painting by myself. With the support of my art mentor Christos Pitsillos, I decided to follow my passion and show my art, participate in art exhibitions and finally having my own art exhibition. My story has just started…
Please tell us about your art.
My art is all about escape. Escape from this world to another dimension. I use acrylics on canvas and usually mini brushes. My big artworks take months to finish because of the detail. However, from a 3000 feet view (leaving the details aside) my art is inspired by cartoons, mythology and in particular Greek Mythology. I use the characters from fairytales, Greek Mythology and other historical times to create another story in another world.
My main character is always escaping from this reality to a dreamlike dimension and each scene offers a symbolic explanation. When I ask viewers what my art represents, they reply with one word: a fairytale. I guess it’s a fairytale that tells the story of life and death, the battle between evil and good. For me, it has always been an escape to another world.
What do you think is the biggest challenge facing artists today?
I think marketing is the biggest challenge cause most artists are loners. It takes time to learn. Also creating art takes a lot of time and people that do not paint don’t realize it. This makes it harder when it comes to sales. Perhaps the most difficult skill that an artist needs to learn is sales and no matter how talented you are, lacking this skill is definitely a challenge. However, I do find the internet and social media a powerful tool which allowed me to connect with other people.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
People can follow me on my Instagram: margarita_march and on my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/2marchs/
My webpage is https://art.martimargarita.com/ where you can find my available art or contact me for special requests. I don’t update my page that often (like most artists), so please check my social media for my latest updates.
- Website: https://art.martimargarita.com/
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/margarita_march/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/2marchs/