Mexico City, 1972
Schooled as an architect, she then did a Master in Fine Arts in Central Saint Martins in London. There she received a grant from the Arts council of England, European Regional Development Fund and the London Development Agency for the Incubator studio program “Space”. Back in Mexico she also received the “Jóvenes Creadores” art grant from the Mexican government; and later the next year an art residency in Oaxaca.
She is Currently teaching at CENTRO University in México city, where she is also finished a Master in Business, Innovation and Creativity.
Her contemporary jewellery work has been showcased in different museums and Galleries in Mexico and around the world. In México at the Franz Mayer Museum, Rufino Tamayo Museum, National Museum of Popular Arts, CONARTE Museum, Amparo Museum, Palace of Iturbide Museum, Arocena Museum and different art Galleries. In the USA at the MAD (Museum of art & Design) in NY, Bellevue Arts Museum in Seattle, Houston Centre for the Contemporary Art, Indiana University in Kokomo among others. Around the world in the Beaux Arts Museum in Talinn, Estonia, Hernandez Museum and Recoleta Cultural Centre in Buenos Aires Argentina. Marion Friedmann Gallery in London, UK, Bettina Flament Gallery in L’Ille in France and recently in A/dornment Gallery in Venice.
She has participated in Design Week NY, London and México and LOOT 2014 in the Museum of Art and Design in NY. She was awarded the design award “Quórum” in 2012 and shortlisted for the National Silver prize “Hugo Salinas Price” and “La Colecta” in Mexico.
Martacarmela has her own jewellery brand: M by Martacarmela Sotelo and also works as a freelance designer for the Mexican silversmith brand TANE.