Marta Wiley - Portfolio


The electrifying animal portraits of Marta Wiley capture the vital spark of her chosen subject with accuracy and passion. Despite an unconventional contemporary palette of sepia tones her work has an energy and drama that breathes life into each exquisitely portrayed character.

Marta was born in Mexico City. Her early life was greatly influenced by her Grandmother the world-renowned artist Martha Gottfried. It was Martha who gave her her first paintbrush to hold at the age of two and encouraged her to use it as Marta herself puts it, ‘painting was my first language’

Marta travelled extensively and much of her early work was inspired by the bohemian street life she encountered in South America and beyond. A great lover of art history she spent days at a time in galleries assimilating the work of the old master, the romantics and the post-impressionists, Her favourite artist and the one who has exerted the strongest influence on her personally is Toulouse Lautrec, whose characteristic energy and movement had a profound effect on her style.

Marta’s work has been commissioned by corporations to private individuals. Her impressive reputation and high profile has led to several of her images appearing in TV and film sets including that of ‘Mission Impossible’ and ‘Along Came Polly’.