Martin Ramirez was born in January 1895 in Los Altos de Jalisco.
At the age of 30, he left Mexico to go the United States. He settled in North California where he worked as miner and on railways.
In 1931, he was interned in the Psychiatric hospital of Stockton State where he is diagnosed as a schizophrenic.
From 1935, Martin Ramirez draws with recovered paper, coloured pencils and coal matches. His artwork is exceptional and shattering with nearly 300 drawings that are the reflection of his illusory freedom. Martin Ramirez produces a creative and ingenious work where he uses colours in a remarkable manner to represent the visual symbols of his country and his memories. Martin Ramirez uses clean lines to create a remarkable work that is inspired by his Mexican origins and hard work he has done on the lines of railways.