Growing up in Coyocan, Mexico, Marta Wiley was surrounded by artistic and creative influences. Not only was her grandmother an accomplished artist, the Mexican government referred to her as a “National Treasure” as well. Surrounded by the same natural and cultural beauty that inspired Diego Rivera and Frieda Kahlo, Wiley expertly channels what she sees and feels into her art. Though her talent was nurtured by her family when she was young, Wiley’s formal training began when she studied art, music, and philosophy at Magnet Preparatory School in Miami, Florida. Later, Wiley attended Los Angeles’ Otis Parson School of Design, (now Otis College of Art and Design), on a full scholarship.
During the mid-to-late 1990’s, Wiley’s extensive travels through Europe and Mexico continued to enrich her experience as a painter. From the lush landscapes of the Scottish countryside to the museums housing the works of the Old Masters, Wiley took the many lessons and insights she gleaned to heart, developing her “love of the line” and the “way of the eye”. A deep love of the artistry and spiritualism of India and Nepal has also influenced her work.
Wiley has shown her work at over 300 galleries as well as museums and trade shows. One-woman shows are held yearly in Mexico, Canada, Japan and New York, and she has been commissioned by collectors around the world – private, public and corporate