Karl Mårtens was born in San Francisco, but grew up in the vicinity Drottningholm, outside Stockholm, Sweden . At the age of 16 he moved to Switzerland to attend high school at the International School in Geneva, and from there to Canada, and eventually back to San Francisco. After 24 years he returned to Sweden at the age of 40.
Karl’s profession has been in Graphic Design since 1979. He worked as a designer in Toronto, San Francisco and finally in Stockholm, where he ran a design firm until September 2010, when he became a full time artist.
Karl has been a member of board The American Institute of Graphic Art, San Francisco chapter, and was a member of the design faculty of San José State University, California, USA.