Born 1980 in Indianapolis, Indiana, Ian Martin began sculpting at a young age. He received his BFA in sculpture at Indiana University in Bloomington. During this time he studied drawing in Florence Italy and ancient ceramic traditions in China. He's designed and fabricated masks for the Wells Met Theater at Indiana University. He went on to study with master mask maker Antonio Fava for a year in Reggio de l'emilia and joined an Italian theater troupe performing throughout northern Italy and abroad. He received his masters in sculpture at the New York Academy of Art, Graduate School of Figurative Art in 2009.