Valeria Martínez

Published: 17.12.2020


Visual arts graduate with a degree in engraving from the Catholic University of Chile, urban craftsman, dedicated for more than 20 years to jewelry, always seeking for an innovative line that has led me to explore in the contemporary jeweler world. Recognized on two opportunities in chile with the seal of excellence in Artesania (craftsmanship) and with the recognition of excellence to craftsmanship awarded by Unesco. My pieces are worked with the filigree technique, exploring different materials such as copper. I have managed to take this technique to other dimensions creating contemporary pieces with an ancestral technique. My works have been exhibited in Chile and abroad.
My formation comes from visual arts, my passion for jewelry. 10 years ago I specialized in filigree, the ancestral technique which uses fine metal threads interlaced among them and that welds creating a lace effect. This technique is usually worked in silver or gold.  My innovation and proposal was to take it to copper, typical material of our country, Chile, creating new shapes, exploring different alternative finishes offered by this material: oxide, patina, pure copper. Pieces grow, are assembled, then unstructured, they contain but are disarmed, are opened, are transformed into an offering. Shadows become important, transparencies and colors are intensified by the light. Maybe my inner self creates, contains but releases. Through my work I try to bring these materials to life, show their secrets, each piece is unique and has a history.

Events      View / hide events

Exhibition  22 Sep 2021 - 24 Oct 2021  Interiors. A Joya Brava Exhibition.
Exhibition  14 Mar 2019 - 17 Mar 2019  Interiors: A Joya Brava exhibition at Munich Jewellery Week 2019..
Exhibition  19 Sep 2018 - 11 Nov 2018  Interiors.
Exhibition  28 Jun 2018 - 29 Jul 2018  Common Stories in Santiago.
Exhibition  14 Sep 2017 - 15 Oct 2017  Common Stories in Barcelona.
Exhibition  05 Jun 2017 - 16 Jun 2017  7 artists for 7 days 2017.
Exhibition  19 May 2017 - 25 May 2017  Common Stories by Joya Brava.
Exhibition  09 Mar 2017 - 12 Mar 2017  Common Stories.
Exhibition  29 Oct 2016 - 31 Dec 2016  Aureus Feeling.
Exhibition  20 Aug 2016 - 21 Aug 2016  Collective Longing.
Exhibition  08 Oct 2015 - 10 Oct 2015  Quiltro, de origen indefinido - Joyeria Contemporanea Chilena.
Exhibition  01 Sep 2015 - 06 Sep 2015  JoyEROS. Eroticism, Jewellery, Body.
Exhibition  30 Jul 2015 - 20 Sep 2015  Figurations.

Publications      View / hide publications

Book:  New Bracelets: 400+ Contemporary Jewelry Designs. Estrada, NicolasPromopress:  Barcelona,  2021