A B O U T
Martina Voigt-Schmid, born in Frankfurt a. M., loves the lively energies of colours and playing with them in the compositions of her paintings. Abstract shapes, things from nature and the empty space between thinngs, Leaves, seeds, stars, cells – everyday things, as well as patterns like stripes, circles and dots keep inspiring her work.
An intrinsic mix of observed details, bold shapes and delicate colours are layered,, partly veiling each other, leaving room for each person to see and perceive different things. Her painting professor, realistic painter Bernd Schwering, once said, her paintings are like flying carpets, taking you to a world in between worlds.
After childhood art lessons with her grandmother, the painter Alice Schlindwein von Carstenn, Martina studied art and painting (Prof. Bernd Schwering) at the Kunsthochschule of Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz.
During a guest semester in USA, she also worked with Edith Wallace, a painter and psychoanalyst, whos unique tissue-paper collage-technique inspired her work ever since.
Martina has shown her work in various exibitions in Germany and Switzerland.
Inspired by her family life with two sons in the vineyards at the Rhine and the printing business from her husband, she has worked as a designer for wine marketing and later as creative director and editor to a german parenting magazine. In recent years, she turned her main focus again on painting.
In large size mixed-media paintings as well as smaller work on canvas and paper she explores her love of colour and her faszination for the living, breathing world around her – the world wide web of nature.
A number of shapes and forms derived mainly from sketching in her garden as well as from her personal painting process form a personal archive she draws on fort the composition of her paintings and designs.
The newest project is “MAREEN”, an art and design cooperation with Sharmeen Attarwala from India.