“My work is an attempt to show spirit as the universal force which unifies us beyond the confines of cultural and religious differences. By accepting the interdependency of all life and our universal interconnectedness we have a chance to heal and transform the planet’s general state of woundedness. In using art as a tool for transformation, we have the opportunity to create a reality as beautiful, healthy and strong as our imagination permits.” Martina Hoffmann (1).
Martina Hoffman creates visionary art through painting and sculpture; she is a translator of visionary realities. She has become one of the few visionary artists to repeatedly glorify various aspects of the feminine and the goddess. She was born in Germany and spent time living in Cameroon and West Africa. She attended University in Germany and now resides in the USA. She married a master visionary artist, the late Robert Venosa (1936 – 2011). Martina’s artwork has been shown internationally and her words and works have appeared in numerous publications. She and Robert Venosa led painting classes and workshops internationally inspiring hundreds of artists. Here is a link to a previous article featuring Robert Venosa. https://transpersonalspirit.wordpress.com/2013/01/15/visionary-art-robert-venosa/
Martina Hoffman has a strong focus upon the divine feminine in her works; the divine feminine is the core of her work, her muse. She painted four major panels she called birthscapes which were photo realist depictions of pregnant women. Then she began depicting the divine goddess archetypes such as the serpent, transformational forces, birth, and other goddess symbols drawn from world cultures. She created nine panels painted with sculptural elements displayed with the soundtrack of intrauterine heartbeat known as the Goddess Triangle. Martina expresses the divine feminine how its energy can be used for the healing and transformation of the earth.
She moved from realist images to visionary art after a sacred shamanic journey in the amazon rainforest with the sacred sacrament ayahuasca. This experience captured her imagination because she was encountering realms beyond mundane existence, an alternate reality. The visions were far beyond anything she had seen before and the energy of the ayahuasca plant is a divine mother consciousness. The journey to this otherworld, introduced her to the visionary dimension she began to depict.
Martina Hoffmann, when speaking of her work, often says that she receives transpersonal visions from her dreams, shamanic ceremonies, meditations and spontaneously. These mystical visions are held by the artist and painted or sculpted into reality. The experience of the vision itself is transient, always changing and impossible to capture by nature. She doesn’t plan the painting but comes to the canvas holding her visions in mind. The images just come through her as she is opening up to the divine language which wants to manifest itself. She allows it all to evolve naturally and intuitively as reflected in the paintings posted here.
The visionary reality is the sacred reality existing in the minds of mystics, yogis, and shaman’s across the globe. These images of the visionary world contain cross-cultural symbols and archetypes. The art validates that a different world exists beside our normal waking consciousness, a parallel dimension which transcends the material reality we experience in most of our waking lives. This other dimension of being has been depicted in artwork by visionary artist’s world-wide for millions of years spanning all continents.
Martina Hoffmann states, “I like to say that visionary art is the oldest uninterrupted art form on the planet. You can trace it from the beginning of culture and humanity if you look at the early cave paintings that depicted shamanic scenes of transformation,” Hoffmann says. “Visionary art is the most direct type of art; it’s a tool for understanding spirit and otherworldliness (2).” “The visionary artist makes visible the more subtle and intuitive states of our existence and creates maps and symbols reflecting consciousness (1).”
By transpersonal spirit