Marthalicia (pronounced as; Martha - Lee - " C " Ahhh)
Matarrita (pronounced as; Mata... Rita )
A Costa Rican - Dominican artist by the name of Marthalicia Matarrita
resides in Harlem, and it is where her art flourished greatly through
the influences of street art and fine art's combined.
Marthalicia Matarrita is a born and raised Harlem New York
city native. Since in the early age of 4 years old, Marthalicia did art at home
with her family, especially her to brothers Tomas Miguel Manon and Jorge
Matarrita. Her brothers shared art
with lessons in an urban setting by sharing "black books" graffiti art
journals as well as comic books. Encouraged by faith to peruse the art form,
Marthalicia entered La Guardia High School of Performance and the Arts, New York City in
1994. Upon graduating high school in 1998 spring semester, Marthalicia was
discouraged to entering college because of the many obstacles such as; living in
a shelter, mother with poor mental health, and a disconnected family function.
and which then lead her in a path of an enlisted soldier of the Army
National Guard to help her enrolled into S.U.N.Y. New Paltz for a B.A.
in Fine Arts.
2005 gave birth to her son, while in service, and building art resume to
further in her new art journey Live Art Performance.
Today, Marthalicia has broaden her art experiences to many difference
avenues in art venues, and opportunities where she builds with her community and others.
"... Her passion is sparked and sustained by the fundamentals of hip-hop
and live painting. However, the depth of her work in texture, mood and content
reveals much more. With a family background that includes infinite love and
loyalty peppered with alcoholism, homelessness, schizophrenia, limited funds and shelter living, Marthalicia has reached a point in her life where her spirit is grounded in
hope, discovery, community, and her siblings...." cultureserve.net Blog ,
2009 , Diana Mcclure