Martin Rodriguez Rio was influenced by his older brother’s interest in comic books and began drawing from a young age. At 12, he discovered Frank Frazetta’s works and became dedicated to drawing. Despite losing confidence in his talent during secondary school, he sold his first painting at 19, a reproduction of a Frazetta piece. He went on to study graphic design and worked in advertising illustration and design. In 2008, he fully committed to painting and gained international recognition as a horse painter. He also illustrated fantasy characters in Spain and formed a close friendship with sci-fi artist Juan Gimenez.