Martin van Vreden (Olst, 1952) studied at the academy in Enschede (1972-1977) and soon after left for Amsterdam. In the nineties he spent a lot of time in the town of Bardolino, Italy. He is mostly known as a collagist, and painter of works with for the most part floral motifs. Other themes in his work include: books, fish, and amulets. In 2013 he started a successful gallery in Amsterdam.
His work can still be found in such collections as those of: Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Noordbrabants Museum, Den Bosch and in many large institutional collections including: Akzo Nobel Foundation. His work received international recognition with expositions at Muka Gallery, Auckland (NZ) and in the Living Art Museum, Reykjavik as well as the Fodor Museum in Amsterdam.