German-born artist, Martina Hoffmann, spent her childhood in Germany as well as Cameroon, West Africa, where she was raised bi-lingual in French and German, while surrounded by African, French and German culture. Here she lived as a white minority in black Africa, one of her more valuable life experiences. Upon returning to Europe with her family she finished her formal education in Germany majoring in art with Professor Kiefer (father of Anselm Kiefer) while studying sculpting and French at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany. Martina moved to Paris, living there until the flow of events brought her to Cadaques, Spain (home of Salvador Dali) there she met visionary artist, Robert Venosa, and inspired by his work, took up painting, studying with Ernst Fuchs.
Visionary Art Show
Art movements are rarely celebrated within their own time. As a result the artists who create them seldom gain the notoriety they deserve. It is not surprising that the Visionary Art Movement of the 1960’s and 1970’s follows this phenomenon.