By Ceasar Abangirah
Excerpts from Interview originally published in The Sunrise Newspaper, May 6, 2005
Nyx Martinez is a Philippine missionary artist that recently held a charity art exhibition at the Sheraton Kampala Hotel that was dedicated to the Ik people of northern Uganda. She talked to The Sunrise’s Caesear Abangirah.
A: The Lord, people, experiences from the heart, and how I feel.
Q: HOW DOES IT FEEL NOW THAT YOU HAVE BEEN PUSHED INTO THE LIMELIGHT?
A: Very excited for the Ik and for the new excitement that tomorrow will bring.
A: I enjoy digital art, special effects, photography and illustrations.
Q: TELL US ABOUT YOUR LIFE.
A: I was born 24 years ago to missionary parents in the Philippines. I am the eldest of 13 children. At 5 we moved to India and kept on traveling. My father was working as a counselor with inmates on death row so I visited most of these. I wanted to do something for myself so I started working with cancer children teaching them through art and music. At 18 I worked with a multi-media company writing radio and TV programs. By that time I was doing communication arts and journalism. In 2000 January I moved to Bangkok as a volunteer. This is where I met Tina of Radio Active who told me the needed inspirational radio programs. That was 2 years ago ….
Q: WHAT ART TECHNIQUE DO YOU USE?
A: I use oil pastels on a velvet canvas. It is something I learned at the Ad-Infinitum Gallery in the Philippines where a group of artists meet to paint. I was encouraged by a friend of mine called Rissa.
Q: SO EVERY ART PIECE IS FOR CHARITY?
A: I hope to help 2 orphanages; one is ‘Hope Found’ in Bunia, Congo.
Q: What has been your most memorable experience?
A: The first one is the one week I spent with the Ik and the 2nd one is the visit to Sri Lanka to help the tsunami victims for a month.
Q: HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE REMEMBERED?
A: As a person who did not do great things, but small things with great love.