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Martin Illustrates…Café Spoken

Martin Saavedra – also known as @martinillustrates – is an illustrator originally from Argentina, now living in Washington, DC. Whether hand-drawn or digital, his work is compelling in its ability to elevate daily moments of city life into compelling, and often soothing, scenes.

The LINE DC’s ongoing public art program continues with original artwork by Martin for Café Spoken – stroll by (or better yet, stroll through) to catch his Adams Morgan-inspired banner on the façade of the church, and read on for a bit more about Martin’s work.


What inspires your work, and what inspires you about living in DC?

My work is inspired by many different things. Social issues, a beautiful scene, or color combinations are all triggers to start creating. Art is the conduit through which I express my fears and my hopes.

The most impressive aspect of DC is the diversity of its people and its culture. I live right on the edge of Dupont Circle and Adams Morgan [with my husband Ben and two puppies, Tango and Yoffee] and it has the best of both neighborhoods.

How has art served you during the pandemic? And how do you think it serves communities?

Art is serving me during the Pandemic in a big meaningful way. Since I try to post everything I create, my hope is to bring a little solace to the public with my contribution in these difficult times. Now, more than ever, it is prescient to remain local and to help out the community. From hotels to stores and restaurants, it is important to help preserve the vibrant and diverse communities we love to live in.


Image 1: Martin’s Café Spoken Banner
Image 2: “Friends Protesting  Together” (2020) artwork detail, from the “Summer Protests Series”
Image 3: at left, “Halloween” (2020); at right, from the “Things to Do at Home Under Lockdown” series, “Meditation” (2020)

by morganwest December 9, 2020