Martha Ramírez-Oropeza

MROropeza Portrait7339 Bunche
martha@sparcmurals.org

Biography and Interests

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.

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Between 1969 and 1971, Ramírez-Oropeza attended Los Angeles Valley Junior College and ultimately earned her Bachelor of Arts from Antioch University in Los Angeles, California.

Selected Publications

BC Toltec I ChingThe Toltec I Ching
Written by Martha Ramírez-Oropeza and William Horden
Larsons Publishing House, NY, 2009

Winner of the 2010 Nautilus Award, this book replaces patriarchal/aristocratic biases of previous I Chings with accessible, inspiring words and striking images, to evoke the harmony and complementarity of masculine and feminine energies our be-wildering times demand. Distilling and updating deep lessons of ancient China and pre-Hispanic MesoAmerica for uplifting guidance in modern life-situations, each hexagram is introduced with a powerful, full-color indigenous image.

BC Community, Culture and Globalization"Huehuepohualli: Counting the Ancestors’ Heartbeat"
Written by Martha Ramírez-Oropeza
Chapter 2 of Community, Culture and Globalization
Edited by Don Adams and Arlene Goldbard
The Rockefeller Foundation, 2002.

This anthology features essays on community cultural development theory and practice from twenty-two authors based in fifteen different nations, representing a wide range of disciplines, backgrounds and outlooks, yet united in using their creative talents to educate, mobilize and empower their communities to withstand the homogenizing forces of globalization.

Mesoamerican Calculator. Illustrations. William Horden.  Oregon, USA.

Tonalpouhki Manual. Publication. Introduction to the Ancient Calendar Systems. Universidad Nahuatl Publication.

Toltec I Ching: Spiritual Warrior Cards. SPARC publication, Los Angeles, CA.

Ketzalkoatl Magazine.  Collaboration with Michael Heralda. The Nahuatl Number System, Ketzalkoatl Myth. Los Angeles, California.

Teoamoxtli Children’s Play. CD/Script Adaptation of an ancient Nahuatl myth. Universidad Nahuatl Publication.

Teoamoxtli. Illustrations for the Sacred Book of the Toltec Genesis. Ocotepec, Morelos. Universidad Nahuatl.

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