We are honored to feature this amazing and talented human being for the month of August 2015.
Marty Balancie is one of the most genuine and giving people we have had the privilege to not only have his work in the Nov. 2014 exhibition but to witness his work in the community, especially with his #signsoflife project. He is truly an inspiration and a fighter for all things good.
The work he created for the Nov 2015 Exhibition was some of the most popular and practically sold out before the show even opened. Please check out his links and stay tuned for more about him in the coming month. He will also be creating a special series of work for the 30 30 30 Project.
As an artist and photographer I experiment with new materials in order to create innovative portraits and pieces of art. Producing original works that can tell a story and leave the viewer in wonder can be a challenge, but being able to create is a form of therapy and meditation. I stumbled upon using blue painter's tape as a medium over the past year and seeing people's reactions inspires me to want to continue to grow in my craft.
I currently do not have any pieces for sale as I'm preparing for another art show and working on The Signs Of Life but people can get in touch with me for commissioned pieces.
As you know I also have my non-profit photography project The Signs Of Life which is one of the things I'm most passionate about as I'm trying to create an outlet for individuals to share stories on how cancer has affected their lives. Here is the bio I have on the website for it:
Cancer affects everyone. Whether you are a FIGHTER, SURVIVOR, CAREGIVER or if you REMEMBER a loved one who has passed. By just being an ADVOCATE for cancer awareness you are part of the ongoing search for a cure. I am hoping to share how cancer touches us all through photography and providing a way for people to show their support. My name is Marty Balencie and I am a SURVIVOR. In September 2005 I was diagnosed with a rare type of Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma and I began my battle against cancer. After 6 months of chemotherapy, 20 rounds of radiation, and a strong support system of friends, family, and faith I finally beat the disease and heard the words, “You are cancer free.”
I began “The Signs Of Life” project in 2012 with a desire to use my photography as a way to bring awareness to this cause and for people to share their stories. I have learned that we all have unique, inspiring, or motivating stories on how cancer has affected our lives. I take simple black and white photos of individuals holding signs describing how cancer has affected their life or the life of someone close to them. The project has now turned into social media sites where individuals around the United States are encouraged to share their stories and my hope is not only make a difference in the lives of the people featured but to also reach others who feel hopeless or alone. I one day hope that this project will turn into a book where my proceeds will go towards the American Cancer Society.