Richard Martinez received his M.F.A. from the University of California, Davis.  He now lives and works in Walla Walla, Washington and heads the Painting program at Whitman College.  Before this he was Associate Professor of painting at the University of Texas at San Antonio Department of Art & Art History.  

Highlights of his exhibition history include solo shows at galleries in Houston, and San Antonio, Texas, as well as Portland, Oregon, and Sacramento, California.  His work has also been featured in many group exhibitions across the United States and is held in a number of private and museum collections.