Originally from Cincinnati, Marvin was voted most talented of his senior class at Princeton High School (1982). He went on to study oils under the late Henry Koerner at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh earning a degree in Visual Communications. He then spent the next 28 years in Business Development and Sales.
In 2013 he was offered a solo exhibition based on nothing more than ballpoint sketches drawn on office copier paper. Soon his works were featured in a number of venues around Charlotte, North Carolina including winning “Best of Show” at the Hart Witzen SHOWDOWN EVENT in 2013 and again in 2015. Since his premier in (2013), Marvin has been featured in the Charlotte Business Journal – Book of List (2013, 2016), and in (2018) his work adorned the cover, SouthPark Magazine (2018), Charlotte Post (2018), Charlotte Magazine (2020), The Day (2021), The Day (2022) to mention a few. Marvin was 1 of 20 selected from more than 200 entries to ArtPop Street Gallery, earning his place on billboards displayed throughout the Charlotte Region. In 2023 his series titled “Context” depicting Black and Brown people in surprising and non-traditions imagery was selected as the Charlotte Magazine’s (Best of the Best (BooB Award) Best Solo Exhibition. Today, Espy as a multi-award winning artist, showing nationally with collectors from LA to New England has just announced the opening of the Marvin Espy Gallery of Fine Art.
Marvin and his wife Tracy (President, Mitchell College) live in Connecticut and have a daughter Sydney who resides in the Boston area where she earned her Masters Degree in Social Work.