Hugo Maritz was born in Windhoek in 1975. After matriculating at Linden High School in Johannesburg in 1993, Hugo obtained a BA (Philosophy and Psychology) degree at the Rand Afrikaans University. Although he never studied art, he started drawing at a very young age. In 1993 well-known arts critic and lecturer Nico van Rensburg took him under his wing and taught him more about composition and painting.
As a child, Hugo, spent a most of his time drawing comic strip characters, which is where he developed his sense of proportion. As his ability grew, his style developed towards realism, which laid an important foundation for his future work. He has since moved towards a more abstract and cubist style in his paintings.