- Charmagne Andrews
visual artist, was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. He had four siblings and was the only boy of four children born to his parents, Frances Walker Payton, a seamstress, and Walter Payton, a postal worker and truck driver. His father had also served in World War II in Italy and North Africa. Martin Payton's half-brother, Walter Payton Jr, was a famous musician in the city and the father of renowned New Orleans trumpeter Nicholas Payton.
His formal education as a visual artist began at Xavier University of Louisiana where he met role model mentor and lifelong friend John T Scott visual artist and MacArthur Genius Grant Fellow His experience at Xavier represented the first time that Payton understood that art could be a career He has noted that he knew he would always make art but he had always thought that it would be an avocation ...
A version of this article originally appeared in African American National Biography.