Toronto-based artist, Linda Martinello, reflects on her time spent in the ancient cave town of Matera in southern Italy. Her exhibit is on display from Jan. 13 to Feb. 24 at The Latcham Gallery.

Martinello will be attending the opening reception of her exhibit, Città Rinata, on Jan. 13 from 1 pm to 3 pm.

Her drawings and paintings on drafting film explore the landscape through personal memory and research of historical and culturally significant places. As a first generation Canadian with a Mexican-Italian background, growing up in the suburbs of Toronto without family or relatives and little understanding of her heritage, Martinello developed a fascination for cultural history, folklore and mythology. She combines oil painting with graphite drawing to create exquisite abstracted images from her recollections and research of the places she travels. For Città Rinata, which translates to “city reborn” or “rebirth of a city,” Martinello investigates the rich and complex history of one of the oldest continually inhabited cities in the world. The exhibition is part of the Latcham Gallery Next exhibition series that features an up and coming emerging artist pushing the boundaries of their contemporary art practice.

Martinello is a faculty of art instructor at OCAD University. She has exhibited as a solo artist in Toronto, Waterloo and Halifax, and was recently featured at the 2017 Art Toronto and Art Miami International Art Fairs.