Martina Nitsche is an artist who uses a variety of digital and analogue manipulation and mixed media to convey her ideas about the relationship between self, society, and the trajectory of humanity.
Born in Hamburg, Germany in 1962, Nitsche moved to the US in 1989 to study photography at San Francisco State University. In 1990, she enrolled at the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, DC. While studying she worked for the Smithsonian National Museum of American History as a photographer, capturing the core of the American political scene at the time.
It was when she moved to New York in 1993 to study under Larry Fink and Harry Bowers at the School of Visual Arts for her Masters that her focus significantly changed. Nitsche’s first major body of work – a series of stunning black and white abstract portraits of dissected anatomical figures, organs, and medical maps of veins mirror the core of the fractured self at the end of the 20th century, when consumerism and industrialism began to flourish. Her works from this period possess a fleeting beauty, forever capturing a nostalgic, ephemeral feel.
Throughout her work, Nitsche aims to connect viewers to the spiritual, a realm which she believes we are growing further and further detached from, through highly stylized and evocative images.
The artist currently lives and works in Berlin, Germany.