Jet Martinez lives and works in Oakland and San Francisco, California, where he is currently the art director for the Clarion Alley Mural Project (CAMP) in the Mission District. Jet received his B.F.A in Painting and Printmaking from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2001 and studied Spanish Literature at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Jet's paintings reinterpret the Mexican folk art of Amate paintings, which depict birds and other animals within bright botanical scenery. He begins with a traditional rendering, and then integrates his own visual language into the work. Though stylized in a flat, graphic manner, these static images burst to life through Jet's vibrant use of color.
Jet was the first artist-in-residence at Facebook Headquarters, one of the most innovative corporate art and artist programs anywhere.