Art Motif Magazine: An online publication showcasing artists, their artwork and the people, ideas, elements and moods that inspire them to create.


In it’s simplest form, motif is defined as a decorative design or pattern.

In the larger context of art, a motif represents a distinctive, often repeated feature or dominant idea in an artistic composition. In narrative, for example, it may be a recurring element – a sound, an object, a scent – that holds a symbolic significance in the story. In music, it may be a brief melodic or rhythmic passage, a perceivable succession of notes that, when repeated throughout the musical piece, produce a longer, mellifluous impression.

Whether in narrative, music, folklore, textile, visual or performance art, motifs help weave small fragmented art elements together to produce a larger, more meaningful artistic whole.

The mission of Art Motif Magazine is to create a virtual tapestry where artists, writers, musicians, performers and creators with a broad and diverse range of ideas, styles, tastes and backgrounds come together to showcase their work and share the ideas, elements and moods that drive them to create.

Featured Artists

Mele Martinez: Flamenco Performer, Choreographer & Author

(The following interview with Mele Martinez was conducted by Art Motif Magazine’s editor and originally published in Panorama Sonoran Desert Art & Literary Journal. | Header Photo by Kristen Watts) Grounded deeply in her Tucson, AZ origins, featured dancer, choreographer and award-winning writer Melani “Mele” Martinez embodies the essence of creative expression. Courageous in her cultural self-exploration, Mele …

Michael Cooper: Musical Theatre Songwriter

In this feature article, Art Motif Magazine is honored to showcase Nogales, AZ native and musical theatre writer and producer Michael Cooper. With songs featured both on and Off-Broadway, Michael Cooper is a Jonathan Larson Award winning, Outer Critics Circle/MAC Award nominated songwriter based in New York City.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree …


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