Ivan Martinez is a creative director, designer, and artist. Connecting conceptual thinking to functionality, he seeks to develop initiatives that focus on creative strategy and human-centered design.

Ivan’s experiences span from digital products to experiential and environmental design. Branding to full service ad campaigns. Art exhibitions to adjunct professor. His multidisciplinary approach is based on a consistent understanding of the core problem and identifying an opportunity for a creative solution based on user needs.

His work has gained recognition for global corporations, small businesses and non-profit organizations. Most recently, Ivan has designed and built a mobile greenhouse that is used as a traveling storefront and practical marketing tool for Tula, Plants & Design (co-founder) He has also designed and created the company branding and currently oversees product development.


The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
May 2012
Design for Emerging Technologies MFA
Chicago, Illinois

Florida State University
May 2003
Bachelor of Fine Arts
Tallahassee, Florida

Miami-Dade College
September 2000
Associate in Arts
Miami, Florida


Tula Plants & Design
Co-Founder & Product Design Director
Brooklyn, New York
January 2016-

Adjunct Professor
LaSalle University
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
• Advanced Animation - Spring 2016
• Creative Coding - Spring 2016

Edelman Digital
Associate Creative Director
New York, New York
January 2013-November 2015

3rd Ward
Art Director
New York, New York
Aug. 2012 to Nov. 2012

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Chicago, Illinois
Teaching Assistant:
• Fabrication for Motion - Fall 2010
•Introduction to Art & Technology - Spring 2011
•Electronic Art - Fall 2011
•The Interface Reconsidered - Spring 2012

Magnani Caruso Dutton
Art Director
New York, New York
Feb. 2010 to Aug. 2010

Green Team USA
Interactive Art Director
New York, New York
Sep. 2007 to Jan. 2010

Graphic Designer
New York, New York
Jan. 2007 to Sep. 2007

VIACOM – MTV Latin America
Graphic Designer
South Beach, Florida
June 2005 to Dec. 2006

Natural Life
Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit
February 6 - March 29, 2015
Detroit, Michigan

Gallery Aferro
June 14, 2014 - September 20, 2014
73 Market St
Newark, New Jersey

The Wassaic Project
June 16, 2013 – September 1, 2013
Wassaic, New York

Natural Life
2739 Edwin
14 September – 5 October, 2013
Hamtramck, Michigan

Opening the Black Box:
The Charge is Torture

Sullivan Galleries
October 4, 2012 – December 21, 2012
Chicago, Illinois

MFA 2012 Thesis Exhibition
Sullivan Galleries
April 28, 2012 – May 16, 2012
Chicago, Illinois

Forever Young
Good News Only
March 3, 2012 – May 25, 2012
Chicago, Illinois

Without You I’m Nothing: Interactions
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
April 21, 2011
Chicago, Illinois

2010 DIGit Exposition
Delaware Valley Arts Alliance
June 18, 2010
Narrowsburg, New York

Wreckio Ensemble
Chashama Art Space
June 8, 2008- July 8, 2008
New York, New York

Sleepless In Miami
Colony Theater
November 3, 2007
Miami Beach, Florida

Urban Research On Film
Kommunales Kino
October 19, 2007
Freiburg, Germany

Urban Explorers Festival
Werkstatt, Projectruimte Noordkaap
May 12-13, 2007
Rotterdam, Netherlands

Directors Lounge 2007
Filmtheater Kosmos
February 8-18, 2007
Berlin, Germany

Creando Fuerza: Cambio y Permanencia
Consejo Nacional de Talleres Portfolio
Galeria America
January 18-March 9 2007
Notre Dame, Indiana

Earlier exhibitions provided upon request.