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Martha Ramirez-Oropeza

Department: César E. Chávez Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies
7339 Bunche Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095
Keywords: Mexico

Martha Ramírez-Oropeza is a mural painter, a performer in popular theater, and a researcher/lecturer of the Nahuatl pre-Hispanic codices of Mexico. She was the vice-director of the Mascarones Theatre Group for 32 years and the designer and co-founder of the Nahuatl University pyramid campus in Ocotepec, Morelos, Mexico. She conducts international Nahuatl Culture seminars in Mexico and lectures at the University of California, Los Angeles. For more than 10 years she had been an Artist in Residence at the Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC) in Venice, California, and is a performing and visual arts teacher for children at the Spanish immersion program in Edison Elementary School at Santa Monica, California.

More recently working under Chicana muralist Judith Baca, Ramírez-Oropeza has apprenticed in the past under master muralist David A. Siqueiros and Guillermo Monroy, one of the "Fridos" in the Fine Arts Institute. With works featured in the State Eduction Department of Mexico and in the SPARC World Wall, she has painted 20 large murals in Mexico and in the United states from 1988 to 2011.