Mario Martinez is a Yaqui Indian and a member of The Pasqua Tribe of Arizona. He received his BA from the School of Art, Arizona State University in Tempe, and his MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. Martinez's work uses layered surfaces and a powerful color palette to convey some of the rich symbolism and traditions of his Yaqui heritage. His work has been featured at numerous galleries and museums including a one person retrospective at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in New York as well as a rare showing at the Museum of Modern Art in Saitama, Japan. He resides in New York City.