Arantzazu Martinez is an academic painter from Vitoria, Spain. She attended the Fine Arts University of the Basque Country and graduated in 2000. Unable to find any classical art training, she moved to New York. There she enrolled in the New York Academy of Figurative Art (NYAA) MFA program and graduated in 2002. It was during this same year that she met her mentor, Jacob Collins, the founder of the Water Street Atelier, the Hudson River Fellowship and The Grand Central Academy. To develop her training still further she studied under him at the Water Street Atelier from 2002 to 2005, where she completed her training following the nineteenth century academic method. The technical expertise, the considered compositions, the exceptional treatment of light and the human form are evident and much appreciated in Martinez's work. The symbiotic relationship of these elements creates imagery that evokes Romanticism and Symbolism. Her work has the ability to recreate a dream world where magic and fantasy are part of reality.
The quality of her work has been recognised internationally. She was commissioned by Lucasfilm Ltd. to take part in Star Wars Visions in 2009 and recently, she has taken part in the international art project "Image of Russia" 2012, representing her native country. Most of her artwork belongs to private collectors, but her paintings are starting to make their way into museums as well, and are now on view in the European Museum of Modern Art (MEAM), in Barcelona, Spain.