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Marta Ayala was born in El Salvador and moved to San Francisco with her family in 1968. She began drawing and painting as a child, and her life and work has been greatly influenced by her uncle Camilo Minero, one of El Salvador's most famous muralists. She has studied at San Francisco City College, the Arts Institute Sucre in Venezuela and San Francisco State University, as well as apprenticing for six years with Susan Cervantes of the Precita Eyes Mural Center.

Her San Francisco mural work received community awards for Best Public Art in 1998 and 2001, and she has been featured in the books, Latin American Women Artists of the United States by Robert Henkes (McFarland and Co., Inc. 1999) and Murals: Walls That Sing by George Ancona (Marshall Cavendish, 2003) which was written for students aged 9-12.

A large part of Marta's work involves the community and young people. She has taught mural painting in numerous schools in the Bay Area and has collaborated with students of various grade and skill levels. She was commissioned by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art to create a public mural with the students of Thurgood Marshall High School. Monterey Bay Aquarium selected Marta from an artist's open call to paint a large mural to used as a billboard to promote ocean environment conservation to the Latino community in California.

Marta is continually working on new material and teaching throughout the Bay Area. Currently, she is teaching a "Spanish Through Art" class for children ages 4-8 at several charter schools in San Francisco.

Thank you for your interest in Marta's artwork. Your visit is greatly appreciated.





"I think that rocks and stones are like ancient travelers that come to visit my canvases. They teach me about holding all things together. They teach me about time and space and show me how the flow of water and air has shaped them."



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