BIO • Martha Gabriela Driessen was born and raised in Mexico City. She received her BA from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN and over the years enjoyed advancing her education at the Université de la Sorbonne, Escuela de Fotografía de Coyoacán, Harvard University Extension School, and Minneapolis College of Art and Design Extension School. Today she is an active member of the Minneapolis Photo Center and participates in photography workshops throughout the world.
Martha is most enthusiastic about black and white street photography. Her current work includes an intimate view of Havana, Cuba as well as an ongoing social documentary project, a portrait of the Mexican community in Minnesota.
Bicultural and bilingual, she has maintained deep roots with her native Mexico and strong ties with its people. Martha lives in Minneapolis with her husband and three children. She shares a studio in the Traffic Zone Center for Visual Art.
ARTIST STATEMENT • Defined by the marriage of two cultures, my work is often inspired by my Mexican essence, my American reality and the simplicity of life.