Sri Martha was born in the city of Solo, Indonesia in November 1941, with the name of Sunarto. From young, he has already developed an interest in painting. He went to SR (People's School) for his early education and had already gotten excellent scores in his favourite subject, Art. After graduating from high school, Sri Martha started to develop his painting skills from his uncle, Mochammad Asief. After his Uncle passed away, he began to learn on his own. With practice and perseverance, he began to develop his own style in the paintings.