Carolyn Jean Martin was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She attended the San Francisco Art Institute where she received an MFA in painting and an MA in the History and Theory of Contemporary Art. Her practice combines installation art, sculpture, and painting to create work that examines and challenges narratives of Americanness and contemporary culture in the United States. Her work has appeared in exhibitions such as View at the Wenying Highland Art Museum in Guangzhou, China, MLK50 at Places des Arts in Montréal, Canada and Wonder at the Berkeley Art Center. Her work is part of the Montréal Arts Interculturels (MAI) Collections and the Wenying Highland Art Museum permanent collection. Having lived in Chicago, St. Louis, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco, Carolyn currently lives and works in Oakland, CA.