Raymond Martinez was born in Barry, South Wales to mixed Spanish and Irish parentage. He studied at Cardiff College of Art 1955-59, then Slade School of Fine Art 1959-62. A 1962 Abbey Major scholarship took him to Rome where he then won a prestigious Gulbenkian Foundation Award in 1963. Whilst in Rome he joined the Lefevre Gallery in London, exhibiting there frequently over the next few years. He also had shows in Rome, Florence, Florida and Tokyo but took the decision relatively early in his career to withdraw from exhibiting in order to continue “investigating nature with no distractions”. Martinez continued to reside in Italy, moving to the Tuscan countryside. He broke his long-standing opposition to exhibitions with a spectacular solo show in 2009 at the Gallery in Cork Street, London. The Government Art Collection, Contemporary Art Society for Wales, Castle Museum Nottingham, CAMJAP in Lisbon and the Modern Museum of Art in Puerto Rico are amongst the public institutions holding his work. Private collectors included L.S.Lowry, David Niven and the Princess of Hesse amongst others.