Martin Sklar was raised on the U.S. east coast. At the age
of 18 he left Philadelphia to live in North Carolina then
New Orleans then settled in Chicago for nearly ten years.
He came to San Diego in 1999 to form his own company and build
a career as an artist.
Martin has been an electro-mechanical engineer since 1994
but because of his love for painting and creating, as well
as encouragement from a growing fan base, he now focuses primarily
on developing a greater body of art work. Martin has been
painting most of his life, but in the last 6 years He’s
been a full time artist. He shows regularly in San Diego County
and lives off of commissions and sales of paintings and prints.
Martin characterizes his style as abstract surrealism, blending
abstract forms and color with surreal representation to reveal
concepts and ideas. Among his many influences Salvador Dali
and Pablo Picasso are the strongest. He developed a technique
using ungessoed canvas applying ink and acrylic to create
a unique rustic feel combined with pop art style. The majority
of his work is ink and ink/acrylic mix on ungessoed canvas
however he also paints in oils on traditional gessoed canvas.
There is a soft flow to his compositions filled with interconnecting
images that to him represents the unbreakable connection between
all things in the universe.