Painter/Performance Artist


Tess Martens completed her Masters of Fine Art at the University of Waterloo in Spring 2018. Martens facilitates an artist-run gallery, The Front Room Gallery, in Uptown Waterloo and features artists monthly. She is also part of CAFKA (Contemporary Art Forum of Kitchener & Area). Martens is a blog writer for arts and culture blog, www.culturefancier.com. She is a Recreation Therapist and in her free time performs stand-up comedy, spoken word poetry and karaoke.


Her solo exhibition Bitch and Mona All You Want About Reality took place at AC Repair Co., Toronto in 2016, and T-Suit was part of the group exhibition MAW, New York City in 2017. She was awarded a Shantz International Research Scholarship through the University of Waterloo, and worked with artist Todd Bienvenu in Brooklyn, New York in the summer of 2017. She was shortlisted for 2018 Community Edition #Bestof Waterloo for Performance Artists.