Martina Hoffmann

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Martina Hoffmann
Born (1957-11-08) November 8, 1957 (age 60)
Bielefeld, Germany
Known for Art, Painting, author, sculptures, designer, Reiki Master

Martina Hoffmann (born November 09, 1957) is a German-American visionary artist, author, teacher, and Reiki Master. Her body of work spans a variety of forms including performance art, sculpture, designing, sculpture, visionary art, and painting. Hoffmann, a German-born artist studied sculpting and art education at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany. She then moved to Cadaqués, Spain (home of Salvador Dali) where she met her late husband and visionary artist Robert Venosa. Being inspired by Robert and other artist’s work, Martina took up painting and has now become an eminent figure for visionary and transpersonal art. Martina is also a Reiki master with the goal of incessantly trying to understand how the universes energy surrounds us. [1]

The full extent of Martina Hoffmann’s art consists of an array of different styles and techniques. Mastering portraits, sculpture and painting, Martina deals with the sacred feminine. Recently her work has been focused on otherworldly realities inspired by the inner landscape and cosmic dimensions. [2]

Early life[edit]

Born in Germany, raised in Cameroon West Africa, Martina Hoffmann got a taste for different cultures early in her life. Raised and educated bilingually, Martina spoke French, German and was surrounded by African culture. After moving from Africa, Martina finished her formal education in Germany. Later in 1978 Martina would go on to study sculpting and art education at the renowned school Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt Germany. There she would study under professor Spielmann and Kiefer who was the father of Anselm Kiefer.

As a child Martina had a strong inner dialog and would spend time daydreaming in realities beyond our own. Dreams would play a big part in Martina’s waking existence. Also early on, Martina suffered from migraine headaches that would produce spontaneous auditory and visual hallucinations. She would be affected by visionary experiences all of her life.

Painting – Style & Technique[edit]

Martina Hoffmann has proven to be a master painter of transmitting the old master traditions and techniques. She has been generous with teaching and passing down her lifetime of experiences in the world of art. Her understanding of the Mischtechnik, Martina has emancipated thousands of students and has inspired generation after generation of artists around the world. Martina and her late husband Robert Venosa gave art workshops, retreats and classes to theses students for most of Martina’s career. Martina helped shed light on the mysteries of the artist creation by expressing the energy for utilizing the imagination with painting. [3]

Using meditation, daydreaming and moments of heightened awareness/consciousness, Martina uses these realms to depart a new artistic creation. She uses a visual language that seems to communicate directly with the soul. Martina’s art encompasses transformation, which lies at the heart of her work. The best term to describe her art would be Transformative Art. Describing her process of creating as a true flow experience, Martina becomes an open channel for energies, images and messages that manifest in our three dimensional reality. Martina’s inner visions are her guide and inspiration for her art. Only after getting her work on her canvas does she understand what her inner eye sees. She describes it as deciphering a code and learning an unknown language.

Martina’s technique could also be considered a type of Stream of consciousness. She doesn’t focus on the contents of her paintings. During meditative states, thoughts, emotions and symbols will come into fruition. She then avoids judgment, or selecting them until one rings so true that she has no choice by to utilize it’s essence. She also calls herself a tool or a translator. She lets the painting decide what the finished product looks like.

Jewelry & Clothing[edit]

Collecting personal treasures during her world travels, Martina has been influenced by European and African sensibilities creating luminous pieces of jewelry and clothing like her Goddess Belts. Her Belts are a combination of her gatherings-vintage jewelry, crystals, watch glass, pearls, Aztec calendars and more. [4]


Martina also is a sculptress who has been influenced by African art and culture. [5]



The flow of life experiences landed her in Cadaqués, Spain (home of Salvador dali). There she would meet and fall in love with visionary artist Robert Venosa on Beltane Eve (april 30th). [6] Being inspired by her new environment Martina decided to take painting more seriously.

Martina was also busy designing and marketing her own line of clothing & jewelry which has been published in Ornament Magazine, Accessories Magazine, The Los Angeles Time.


Alongside of painting and her other artistic endeavors, Martina kept busy performing multimedia stage shows with a group of Boulder women and activists who called themselves ‘Vox Femina’ in the early 90s. These stage shows consisted of Martina creating live sculptures on stage, screening videos, and presenting her own multimedia performance art pieces. On top of all of that, Martina’s passion for teaching shined through as she taught sculpting to children and disabled adults.


In the 2000’s Martina and late husband Robert Venosa would give art workshops on painting techniques all around the globe. Some of the workshops were held in, Skyros Island, Greece, The Caribbean, Esalen Institute in Big Sur, Hawaii, and Boulder, Colorado.Their workshops and retreats were unique and personal in that they would lead small groups through rigorous art explorations that would fulfill their students needs of discovering their inner style while getting personal feedback.


On August 9th 2011 Martina’s husband Robert Venosa passed away after fighting a long eight and a half years of prostate cancer. [7]


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External links[edit]

  1. ^ Markowitz, Martin-Kuri, Rhoads, Rubinov-Jacobson, Fuchs, Gary, Karyn, Aanjelae, Philip, Ernst (1997). One Source: Sacred Journeys; A Celebration of Spirit & Art. Paia, Hawaii: Markowitz Publishing. p. 77,98,99. ISBN 0965589013. 
  2. ^ Geraci, Timeto, Massimiliano, Federica (2006). True Visions, The Art of Ernst Fuchs, Alex Grey, Allyson Grey, Matteo Guarnaccia, Martina Hoffmann, Mati Klarwein, Robert Venosa. Bologna, Italy: Betty Books. p. 73-79. ISBN 8890237201. 
  3. ^ Saint Quen, Michel de (2008). "“Inscape, news from the Society for Art of Imagination Autumn 2008". Inscape Magazine. London, UK: The Society for Art of Imagination. Retrieved 16 July 2017. 
  4. ^ Benesh, Liu, Carolyn L.E., Robert K. (1992). "Ornament". Ornament Volume 15 NO. 4. San Marcos, CA: Ornament Magazine. Retrieved 16 July 2017. 
  5. ^ Saint Quen, Michel de (2010). "“Inscape, news from the Society for Art of Imagination Autumn 2010". Inscape Magazine. London, UK: The Society for Art of Imagination. Retrieved 16 July 2017. 
  6. ^ Venosa, Robert (1999). Illuminatus. Boulder, CO: John, Robert Limited. p. 226-228. ISBN 0976774704. 
  7. ^ Grey, Alex; Grey, Allyson (2006). "CoSM Journal Volume 4 : Entheo Art". Ethneo Art. 4 (4): 34. Retrieved 16 July 2017.