Born in 1979, Marianna Jimenez Edwards interest in creative practices began at a young age. Frequent trips to stay with her family in Mexico exposed her to her culture. Intrigued by photography but later favored the process of drawing and painting, Marianna received her BFA in painting from the San Francisco Art Institute. Awareness of her indigenous heritage took hold during art school and visiting her grandmother’s village in Oaxaca, and the archaeological sites in Mexico on separate occasions grew that connection further. After art school, Marianna taught drawing and painting at two separate private studios. One of those studios belonged to classically trained, Venezuelan artist Conchita Firgau, which led Marianna to want to explore a blend of realism with Pre-Columbian themes and subject matter.
Today Marianna draws and paints in oil, acrylic, and mixed media. She incorporates cultural objects, portraits, animals, still life, collage and patterns into her work.