Emely Martinez Diaz

A Dominican American artist from the South Bronx 🙌

I like to explore all forms of visual arts, especially cartooning and 3D Animation. I also like to write.

My childhood involved a lot of moving around. I was born in Puerto Rico, lived in the Dominican Republic for 2 years, bounced from one school to another across different NYC boroughs, and then finally settled into the South Bronx. It was difficult getting used to new spaces so frequently, and honestly⁠— kind of lonely. I wanted to keep to myself and my sketchbook, but quickly I learned that art was a universal language and something everyone could relate to. As a little kid, it was my way of connecting to my classmates; what are you drawing? Have you seen this new movie? What’s your favorite cartoon? And now as an adult, it is how I communicate personal ideas and beliefs in a way that is beautiful, powerful, and inclusive.

I don’t regret having moved so much. This exposure to different communities and cultures gave me something extremely valuable. It gave me my passion for diverse characters, my desire to learn as much about as many people as possible, and my appreciation for every person’s unique story and life experience.

Where is She Now?

I am a senior at the School of Visual Arts (NYC), expecting my BFA in Computer Art, Computer Animation, and Visual Effects in May 2021. Last semester I studied abroad in Madrid, Spain, taking classes at the University Center for Technology and Digital Art. Unfortunately, my trip was cut short due to COVID-19 and I am finishing my college career back in New York via Zoom.