Michele Marti

Michele Marti is a sculptural furniture maker born in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. From a young age Marti was exposed to a multitude of cultures and art that expressed the value of the human body; pieces that captured the subtleties of a dimple or curve, the beauty evoked by touch or the incredible way, as Marti says, “we hold ourselves in reaction to the external world. Every reaction of the body and each interaction, tells a powerful story;” finding ways to capture these stories is what drives Marti’s practice and research.

In 2013 Marti was awarded a research travel grant from the Australian National University Research school of Humanities where she was given the opportunity to teach woodworking at an undergraduate level and extended education, also given time to create a new body of work which was shown in Canberra, Sydney Australia as well as the United States.






2015 – Current, University of Wisconsin Madison – Madison, WI
Study Towards Masters of Fine Arts – Wood

2007 – 2011, California College of The Arts – San Francisco, CA
Graduated with Recognition – BFA Furniture Design








“Arguing With the Wall” University of Wisconsin Madison, Madison, WI
“Big Ten[T]” Arthelix Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
“The Jettisoned Object”  University of Wisconsin Madison, Madison, WI
“New Territories” Laboratories for Design, Craft, and Art in Latin America, New York, NY
Oax-i-fornia: Del Ida y Vuelta: Deseño Contemporaneo en Mexico, Mexico City, MX“NonVerbal Cues”  Maaike – Furniture Resurrection, Sydney, AU
“NonVerbal Cues”  Australian National University School of Art, Canberra,AU
“Curiosities”  Rock, Paper, Scissors Collective, Oakland, CA
Art Murmur (April & May) Era Art Bar, Oakland CA
“Bay Area Now 6” Yuerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA
“USE ME” Mina Dresden Gallery, San Francisco, CA
“Family Tree – 65 Years of Fine Wood Working in Northern California” Petaluma Arts Center, Petaluma, CA







Chazen Museum Prize, Madison, WI, 2017
Education Graduate Research Scholar – Advanced Opportunity Fellowship: University of Wisconsin Madison, Madison, WI, 2017
Education Graduate Research Scholar – Advanced Opportunity Fellowship: University of Wisconsin Madison, Madison, WI, 2015
Australian National University Research School of Humanities and the Arts External Researcher Travel Grant: Australian National University, Canberra, AU, 2013
Sam Maloof Scholarship: Anderson Ranch Summer Session, Snowmass, CO, 2010


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