Leopardo

a leopard with a blue background
Leopardo by Julio Martinez

Artist Statement

Living is Giving
Giving is Living 

The further I travel
In life’s journey
I realize the beauty of giving 

Humans are interconnected
We are here
Because of others 

Enjoy the thing we have
Because of others
Laugh
Because of the others
Able to love
Because of others
Grow in wisdom
Because of others 

Lets extend
Our hearts and hands to others
Lets be kind to each other
Uplift each other
And value each other
Allowing us to realize the value
Of others in our lives 

– Julio

Artist Bio

My name Julio Martinez and I’m from the beautiful island Puerto Rico. I have been incarcerated for 25 years and while in prison I have decided to live my life and in the most productive way. I have been able to go through a transformative process via education and rehabilitative programs. I have been able to go through a transformative process via education and rehabilitative programs. I have been a member of the University of Michigan Dearborn Inside-Out Theory Group since 2013. I have also been a Chance for Life Core member since 2007. I have been trained in Restorative Justice Practices and Mediation. I enjoy reading books on personal growth, social justice, history, and spirituality. I like to learn about different cultures and spiritual paths. I enjoy creating art, specifically watercolor painting. I also like writing and staying connected with people. I am a dog trainer who currently raises and trains puppies for Leader Dogs for the Blind. I believe in giving back to society, having a positive impact in my environment and developing healthy relationships.

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