Staff: Alfonsina Martinez

Alfonsina Martinez (b. Oct 23, 1991) is a Caribbean visual artist, graphic designer and independent curator based in Santiago, Dominican Republic. She has been working for the Centro Cultural Eduardo León Jimenes since 2015 as cataloger of collections, and is currently working for ARTGALA as their chief curator. Alfonsina has always felt the need to create, modify and organize things. As a little girl she was always taken out of class because she would draw in all of her books, desk and homework. Her mom signed her up for drawing and crafts classes. She received formal education in graphic design at the Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra PUCMM in 2012. Soon after, she enrolled in Fine Arts at the Chavón School of Design. She participated in the first version of the Curando Caribe program, organized by Centro León and Centro Cultural de España in Santo Domingo. Since 2010, Alfonsina has had a close relationship with Centro León, attending cultural activities, exhibitions and panels. Her first professional approach was in 2011 when she completed her graphic design internship there. Upon completing her Fine Arts study in 2014, an opportunity came up in their cataloging department and they contacted her. She believes that curatorial practice is about making artistic positions visible in the most incisive way possible, for which she likes to define her curatorial work as integral. For her, everything has smells, tastes and sounds, beyond the visual that is shown. Her research interests includes afro-descendency in the Caribbean, specifically the manifestations of popular religiosity, the new museology, the work of Fradique Lizardo and postcolonial theory.