John Martinek resides in Coralville, Iowa where he paints, draws, and makes prints in his
studio. Apart from traveling and art making, his other interests include competitive cycling,
carpentry, cooking, reading, listening to music, and spending time with family and friends.
During the weekdays he works for McDonough Structures in Iowa City as a project manager
and cabinetmaker. His partner Greta Songe teaches art at Kirkwood Community College in
Cedar Rapids, and his son Emmett is two years old.
John was born in Metairie, Louisiana in 1968, but grew up in Grinnell, Iowa before leaving
to attend college. He received his BA in art from Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois in
- In 1996 he received his MFA in Printmaking and Drawing from the University of