Marthalicia Matarrita  is a New York City native; born and raised in Harlem. Both parents were immigrants (from the Dominican Republic and Costa Rica) – due to the language barrier and lack of financial resources, her upbringing was extremely rough. Art became her escape for both herself and her two older siblings, Tomas and Jorge.

MM ART 3As a teen, she attended La Guardia High School of Performance and the Arts – and upon graduating high school, she would then enlist in the Army Natinal Guard. This would help fund her education at SUNY New Paltz – she graduated with a B.A. in Fine Arts.  In 2005, she gave birth to her son while still in the service. Today, Marthalicia has broaden her experiences as both a mother and an artist. Art has opened many avenues that she never deemed possible. She has traveled the world but continues to help build and work within her community of Northern Manhattan – inspiring fellow artists to do the same. Marthalicia Matarrita has done a number of live art performances and is doing one today (Thursday, September 26, 2013, from 3 to 5PM) outside of Utrecht Art Supplies Store.  Utrecht is located at 21 East 13th Street, NYC.  Also, if you’d like to see more of her online work, you can follow her IG account (Instagram) by clicking here.  Happy Thursday!

Roz Baron

“Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with ‘The Candle,’ a short documentary film about New York City artist Marthalicia Matarrita and her brothers Tomas and Jorge. Through their many challenges growing up, they all shared one common means of escaping the harsh realities of their environment – their love of art.”


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