Martin Holt was born in London. He graduated as an architect from University College London and studied art at the Slade School of Art and St. Martin's School of Art.
Martin came to Israel nearly fifty years ago. He started out on his own, but then joined with the sculptor Frank Meisler in a partnership that lasted over sixteen years, during which time their office, based in the Old City of Jaffa, designed everything from villas to schools and factories, winning several awards on the way.
The Yom Kippur war resulted in most of their clients cancelling projects and their office was forced close down. Martin then decided to go in a different direction - graphic design and illustration. For some time he worked with the legendary late Zvi Yannai, the editor of "Thoughts" for IBM.
He went back to London and then to Paris, where he lived for a year, rebuilding an apartment in the Rue Mouffetard in exchange for rent. While he was there he became interested in the Martial Arts and studied Aikido. He also learned Shiatsu, well before it became well known, from a Japanese Sensei. He also studied healing using a traditional "Tibetan Singing Bowl" technique.
When he came back to Tel-Aviv he decided to open his own gallery "Shadma" in Tel-Aviv. He started off by showing contemporary work by Israeli artists, but morphed into a cartoon gallery exhibiting his own work exclusively. Though the gallery was a great success, it eventually had to close due to the economic situation brought on by the successive"Intifadas".
Martin then decided not to reopen hiss gallery but to devote himself solely to painting and drawing. Some 14 years ago he moved to an old Bauhaus apartment on Rothschild Boulevard where he also has his studio.
Martin has had exhibitions in many countries including, Belgium, France, Italy, The USA and Brazil. He is represented in galleries in Paris, New York, Venice and Florida.