Linda Martinello’s energetic and visceral landscapes use memory as a tool to draw upon both specific and fabricated histories. Her fascination with this subject evolved from a personal investigation into her Mexican and Italian heritage. Martinello’s work is based on her travel experiences. She spends months in foreign cities, making observational drawings, notes and videos. She revisits this gathered material back at her studio to create works that combine elements of painting, drawing and collage. While her expressive drawing loosely describes architectural and geographical details, an intuitive use of colour evokes the feeling of a particular place.
Linda Martinello was born in Toronto, Ontario in 1980. She is currently based in Caledon, Ontario and teaches at the Ontario College of Art + Design. Martinello completed her MFA at the University of Waterloo and received an Honors BA from the University of Toronto. Her work is included in many prominent private, public and corporate collections including BMO Financial Group, TD Bank and Telus. She is the recipient of several awards and research grants including SSHRC Graduate Research Scholarship and University of Waterloo President’s Graduate Scholarship.