Martel was born in Montreal. He studied at the Saidye Bronfman School of Fine Arts and the Visual Arts Center in Montreal, with further art studies at the Art Academy in Honolulu and Furniture Design at George Brown College in Toronto.
Since making his debut exhibition in Montreal at the Saidye Bronfman School of Fine Arts, solo exhibitions at Galerie 306 and Galerie Celine-Allard, his work has participated in numerous exhibitions at Studio 261, SOFA in Chicago and Palm Beach. His work continues to be exhibited at the Canadian Sculpture Center and the John B. Aird Gallery since being elected as a member into the Sculptors Society of Canada in 2008. Martel currently works and lives in Ottawa.