Martin Russocki’s education and broad range of interests have lead him to work as an architectural designer, watercolor artist, children’s book illustrator, portrait painter, sculptor, and game inventor. Working with a wide variety of mediums and across many disciplines has enriched his creativity and helped him cultivate a deeper understanding of the artistic process. Martin currently works as a commissioned artist and at Jabuka Games Inc., a company he co-founded in 2017. That promotes and sells his new word game Jabuka.
Martin Russocki was born in Toronto, attended Upper Canada College, studied Architecture at the University of Toronto and began his career working for Diamond and Schmitt Architects . He later moved to New York City to work for Robert A.M Stern. Following a strong desire to explore painting, Martin took a job working for Peter Marino Architects as a full time watercolor artist. He began rendering concepts for distinguished clients such as His Highness the Aga Kahn, and Ty Warner. Being a keen observer, Martin sketched subway portraits on the way to work and soon found himself taking on commissioned work. Seeking more freedom of creativity and also being interested in sculpture, Martin left P.M.A (continuing to do freelance rendering) and began taking courses at The Art Student’s League where he was awarded The Fantasy Fund Scholarship for Sculpture while studying under Greg Wyatt. Martin also received awards of distinction for painting and drawing while studying with Joseph Peller and Leonid Lerman. Martin’s first commissioned sculpture was for a U.S President.
Other notable clients have included HRH the Prince of Whales, the late Ted Rogers and the Bronfman family.