Martin Arnaldo was born in the Philippines and raised in France. He then studied in the United States (Boston College) and England (Mansfield College, Oxford University).
After graduating summa cum laude in philosophy, he started a doctorate program under the novelist Milan Kundera at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales. He then studied film at L'ecole Supérieure de Réalisation Audiovisuelle in Paris. Martin Arnaldo works both in Asia and Europe.