Donald Martiny was born in Schenectady, NY in 1953 and currently lives and works in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

He studied at the School of the Visual Arts, The Art Students League in New York, New York University and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Museum exhibitions include the FWMoA, Courtauld Institute of Art, Alden B Dow Museum of Art, Falmouth Museum, and the Cameron Art Museum.

Martiny’s work is represented by galleries in Europe, the US and Australia and is collected internationally. Click here to view galleries.



In 2015 Martiny received a commission from the Durst Organization to create two monumental paintings that are permanently installed in the lobby of One World Trade Center in New York City.

In 2015 Martiny received the Sam & Adele Golden Foundation for the Arts Residency Grant. His work has been featured in the Huffington Post, NPR, Philadelphia Inquirer, VOGUE LIVING |  Australia, New American Paintings | South, Decor Magazine, Hong Kong Tatler and Woven Tale Press.


Donald Martiny’s work forces us to question the established definitions which form the backbone of our understanding of painting as both a pursuit and a product, and of paint as a medium. In challenging the viewer in these ways, it is not only visually exciting but intellectually invigorating.
— Professor Deborah Swallow, Märit Rausing Director, The Courtauld Institute of Art
The late Robert Rauschenberg once talked about his desire to act in the gap between art and life. Donald Martiny is one of a generation of artists with very diverse aims—Polly Apfelbaum, Angel Otero, and Jason Otero are others—who are acting in the gap between painting and sculpture.
— Ann Landi, Vastari21