Self taught artist, Max-Carlos Martinez was born in 1961 in Albuquerque, New Mexico and began painting in 1979. He moved to New York City in 1981, where he lived, painted, attended residencies, and exhibited works for 29 years. He returned to New Mexico in 2010 and began an artist residency at El Zagúan in Santa Fe, where he has been living since. Martinez has exhibited works in solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally.