Ryan Martin was born in Southern California; he currently lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area where he attended the California College of the Arts.

Through painting, drawing and photography, Martin creates surreal, dream-like portraits of his subjects. Being raised in LA and Orange County during the 80's & 90's, remnants of both eras can be experienced within Martin's artwork through vibrant color and exuberant floral elements. While Martin creates his work with minimal backstory, he hopes to have his viewers include their own narratives; he renders various props to strike his viewers' memory, so they may attribute these personal experiences into his artwork.

Martin's work has been highlighted by numerous media including THE ADVOCATE, CHIC TODAY MAGAZINE, and THE ART OF MAN. He has exhibited widely across the United States, including CONTEXT and SCOPE in Miami, three solo shows at Mark Wolfe Contemporary Art in San Francisco and selected for VOLTA NY 2014.