Jet Martinez's paintings reinterpret the Mexican folk art of Amate paintings, which depict birds and other animals within bright botanical scenery.
Martinez was born in Tuxpan, Veracruz, Mexico in 1973. He attended the San Francisco Art Institute, graduating in 2001. Martinez has been painting public and private murals in the Bay Area and throughout the world, since 1996. Though stylized in a flat, graphic manner, the use and application of color create vibrance - static imagery celebrating life at its most ecstatic. Martinez begins with a traditional rendering, and then integrates his own visual language.