Painter, print maker, sculptor, communicator, filmmaker and writer. Born in Santurce in 1939. Attended Georgetown University, Washington DC, and also studied painting under Julio Martin Caro, in Madrid, Spain. He returned to Puerto Rico as apprenticeship at Lorenzo Homar’s Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña workshop.
Throughout his long lasting career he has earned countless prizes and awards. The University of Turabo, in Caguas, and by the University of Puerto Rico, bestowed Martorell with a Honoris Causa Doctorate. Currently, he is Artist in Residence for the Colegio Universitario de Cayey and owns several workshops located in San Juan, Ponce and New York City. His work has been exhibited throughout the world and is present in some of the most important private collections as well as in very important art institutions such as: Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña; University of Puerto Rico’s Museo de Historia, Antropologia y Arte; Museo de Arte de Ponce; Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico; Galeria de Arte Moderno in Santo Domingo; Galeria Nacional de San Salvador; Museo de Arte Moderno de México; Biblioteca Angel Arango in Bogota, Colombia; Museo de Bellas Artes in Caracas, Venezuela; La Casa de las Americas at La Havana, Cuba; Museo del Barrio, Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum in New York City; Library of Congress, in Washington DC and Princeton University’s Library in New Jersey, among others.
Martorell has published three books: La piel de la memoria, El libro dibujado/el dibujo librado and El velorio (no-vela). The book Antonio Martorell: La aventura de la creacion by Antonio T. Diaz-Royo is a detailed account of the life, the work and the many talents of this charismatic and versatile creator.