FABIOLA MARTINEZ. UPTOWN SAINT JOHN COTW . JUNE 21-25


Where were you born?

I was born in Mexico City then moved to Queretaro City at age two where I resided until 2005 when I moved to Canada.


Where do you work?…and for how long?

I have been working as a painter for over 10 years. I began as an Architect in Mexico as it was an artistic oriented career. I then merged into painting full time taking a break from Architecture and now a mother of two which consumes must of my day and for the rest I work at my passion that is Painting.


What was your favourite/most interesting project?

As an immigrant in Canada, it was very special to have the opportunity to paint the mural The eyes are the mirror of the soul for The Saint John Multicultural and Newcomers Resource Centre This particular piece of work was created to display a vision of multiculturalism.
So I painted eyes as the representation that each soul sees and is seen as if it were a window or mirror.
These four paintings divide culture and continental landscape agriculture, and architectural imagery. Most important the identity of people in our world today. You can go and see it at The Saint John Multicultural and Newcomers Resource Centre located in the Saint John City Market, 3rd & 4th Floor. Also everyone is more than welcome to come and see my display of Art every Saturday at the Saint John City Market.


What do you like best about uptown Saint John?

My family!!! And the architectural style of buildings, the different feeling that it has through each season.


Who is your favourite musician/actor/actress?

Musician: Yanni because of his diversity

Actor: The Mexican comedian Cantinflas

Actress: Charlize Theron


What place on earth inspires you?

Everywhere, each place its own beauty and depending on where I am and how I feel at that time determines its own genuine inspiration.


Secret indulgence?

Hot salsa and apple piebut not together


Do you have any pets?

No pets


What do you like to eat for breakfast?

I love my cup of coffee or green tea with ginger bread cookies, nothing too heavy or greasy.


What is your favourite drink?

Almost freezing cold diet coke.


Spring? Summer? Winter? Fall?

Fall, I am in love with the colour of the maples.


Do you have a nickname?

Yes, at University my friends use to call me Fah and my husband calls me Chiquita


Favourite quote?

I actually have two they are always in my soul and my heart. The first is a Nahuatl proverb which it was the language of the Aztecs “Tlalticpac toquichtin ties” “The earth shall be what men become.


The second one is from the Chilean poet Pablo Neruda:

“He or she who does not turn things topsy-turvy,
who is unhappy at work,
who does not risk certainty for uncertainty,
to thus follow a dream,
those who do not forego sound advice at least once in their lives,
…die slowlydie slowly”
Pablo Neruda


What is your favourite hangout uptown?

Rather than hangout I love to walk all over uptown Saint John with my two little boys. I love to walk on Germain Street then going trough the City Market and finally going down and see the light houses from boardwalk.


What book are you reading right now?

Joni by Joni Eareckson


What is your favourite thing to wear?

I love my boots


Describe yourself in three words.

Mother, dreamer and freedom


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