Jaylah’s Wish, A One Night Pop-up at Shoebox Projects

Please join The Make-a-Wish Foundation and Shoebox Projects as we present a one night pop-up solo show of work by San Antonio artist Jaylah Martinez

Jaylah Martinez
Solo Exhibition

Thursday December 27th 7-9pm

A budding San Antonio teen artist has been covering the city’s public spaces with art, as she fights a rare form of kidney cancer. This talented young woman, 16-year-old Jaylah Martinez, has contributed to various arts projects for the City of San Antonio, serves as a teen ambassador for the city, and has logged 160 hours for the nonprofit South Texas Blood & Tissue, and still manages to maintain her membership in the national honor society while battling cancer.

Jaylah’s paintings involve bold hues in acrylic and oil. As a Make-A-Wish kid, her wish has been to have her paintings displayed at a gallery in Los Angeles.


Jaylah Martinez is a Junior in High School with a love for God, people, and art. Jaylah was very active in her community. During the summer of her Junior year, she volunteered with South Texas Blood & Tissue. She was a valuable asset to various departments. She is currently in the National Honor Society and a Teen Ambassador for San Antonio. As a Teen Ambassador, Jaylah attends events to inspire the youth to reach their goals.

In addition, she is part of Blue Star Contemporary’s MOSAIC Student Artist Program. While attending Mosaic after school program, she is able to help design and create public art projects for her city and volunteer at community events for the youth. With regards to art, her main focus is painting. She expresses her voice from the abstract linear movement in hands. Her most prominent medium used is acrylic and oil.

Unfortunately, after being officially diagnosed on August 27, 2018, with stage IV Renal Medullary Carcinoma (RMC), she had to slow down on all extracurricular activities. Her goal is to attend college and major in BioChemistry and find a cure to cancer. After graduation, she wants to work for MD Anderson as a Research Scientist.

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