"Marta Istok was born in November of 1950 in the small town of Ozd in Hungary. She practiced as a medical doctor for ten years until she moved with her husband and two children to the United States in 1988. There, she was no longer able to practice and assumed the role of a stay-at-home mother to her children.
Istok began painting in 2004 as a form of mental and spiritual therapy. Since then, she has produced over 250 paintings and recieved attention from all over the world.
Istok is influenced by the Impressionists and Post-Impressionists, specifically Gauguin and the work of Hundertwasser. All her paintings are done on canvas with oil paint."