On Sept. 18th 1971 - Saturday at 3:35pm, the city of Miami
Florida hit a new population high with the birth of a "ToonWizard".
With a childhood firmly rooted throughout the Golden Age of the
70's and 80's cartoon frenzy, Oz has always been a devoted
disciple of all things 2D and animated. During his early years
he was introduced to the outlawed art of Graffiti, where he was
also exposed to the inspiring works of his first idol, the late
great underground comic book artist "Vaughn Bode", and his comic
series "Cheech Wizard". An obsessive passion for all things
cartoony & comic bookish sprang from those early days. Even to
go so far as to assume the pseudonym "Ozzie Martin" from his
birth name of "Osvaldo Martinez" at the age of 12, in order to
have that cool comic book creator name. (WINK, WINK)
From high school, he enrolled in the US Army and served proudly
as a medic. Years later he enrolled and graduated from the Miami
International University of Art & Design-Art Institute in 2009,
were he received his Bachelors Degree in Computer Animation.
Since then he has been involved with a large variety of
differently productions such as creating storyboards and concept
design for an animated mini-movie for Alienware, creating
illustrations and animation assets for PowerAid during the World
Cup, creating the hottest graphic-tee designs for Macys,
Aeropostle, and Abercrombie and Fitch, as well as creating an
animated short for a live stage performance.
In Feb. of 2010, he got his foot in the door of the comic book
industry when hired by Strictly Underground Comics to redesign
their first title "Punx Of Rage". Since then he’s worked on
several independent titles as a cover artist, pinup artist,
penciler, inker, and colorist.
He currently lives in Miami and
is the proud father of five sons; Erick, Fernando, Aaron, Wil,
Antonio, and his daughter Ash.
Always living his life as a humble artist & a forever student,
the ToonWizard Oz never hesitates to extend a friendly hand,
pass on knowledge, and share adventures with his fellow 2D
Technicians and artists he's fortunate to know.
His Moto – "Stay Animated & Much 2D Love"