Born in Manila, Philippines to a Dutch mother and Filipino father, Martha Atienza (b. 1981) has moved between both countries and cultures throughout her life. Currently she resides both in the Netherlands and the Philippines, dependent on where her projects bring her.
Atienza’s works are sociological in nature, reflecting a keen observation of her direct environment. Atienza understands her surroundings as a landscape of people first and foremost.
Atienza received her Bachelor in Fine Arts from the AKI Academy of Art & Design in the Netherlands in 2006. She participated at the art programme at the Kuvataideakatemia in Helsinki, Finland in 2005.
Atienza is a 2012 Ateneo Arts Award recipient with studio Residency Grants in Liverpool, Melbourne, New York and Singapore. In 2015, she was awarded the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Thirteen Artists Awards. She is the first
awardee of the first Mercedes Zobel / Outset residency (2016) at Gasworks, London. Recent projects include exhibitions at the Asia Society and the Jewish Museum, New York. Her work is part of the 2016 Singapore Biennale.
Currently, she is investigating the usage of art as a tool for effecting social change and development.