Edgar Martins was born in Évora, Portugal but grew up in Macau. In 1996 he moved to the UK, where he later completed an MA in Photography and Fine Art at the Royal College of Art (London). His work is represented internationally in several high-profile collections including V&A (London), the National Media Museum (Bradford, UK), the Dallas Museum of Art (USA); Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian (Lisbon), Fundação EDP (Lisbon), Fondation Carmignac (Paris) among others. Martins was selected to represent Macau at the 54th Venice Biennale.
In 2008, Martins was the recipient of the inaugural New York Photography Award (Fine Art category) and in 2009 he was awarded the prestigious BES Photo Prize (Portugal), as well as a SONY World Photography Award (Landscape category). More recently, Martins was awarded 1st prize in the Fine Art— Abstract category of the 2010 International Photography Awards as well as nominated for the Prix Pictet 2009.
The Time Machine and This is not a House, Martins’ recent projects, have toured several high profile museums and public galleries including Museu da Electricidade (Lisbon), Centro de Arte Moderna Graça Morais (Bragança, Portugal), The New Art Gallery Walsall (Walsall, UK), The Wapping Project (London) and The Gallery of Photography (Dublin, Ireland) among others. The tour of these works is expected to run until 2015.
Edgar Martins works and lives in the UK.