You could say Brian Raszka was born with a silver crayon in his hand. Or a crimson pencil. Or cyan pastel. In other words, he has been a creative and artistic sort from the beginning. (He’s also likely been sarcastic since the beginning, but that’s just a guess.) Curious by nature, young Raszka explored the natural world around him with an inescapable urge to examine, question, understand — and ultimately, capture it all on canvas.
Brian’s artistic interests carried him to the University of Connecticut, where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Post graduation, his career launched in the packaging design field, with early clients including Bayer, Jello and Black Flag.
But curiosity is a powerful thing, and with his career just underway, Brian took a year off to explore the world. Travels through the museums of Europe, ruins of Greece, temples of Thailand, spice markets of India, jungles of Indonesia, peaks of Nepal and pyramids of Egypt — as well as time with the Maori tribes of New Zealand, blokes of Australia and cannibal cultures of Fiji — did not diminish his curiosity. In fact, his travels ignited his passion for the natural world and interest in artistic interpretations of his surroundings.
Brian settled on the West Coast, where he built a successful graphic design and illustration career. Now, as associate Creative Director for Estipona Group, Brian assists the creative director in guiding the department’s work, as well as mentors other art directors — the Obi Wan to the team’s Lukes. His client roster includes healthcare, housing, higher education and technology.
Equally comfortable designing with a pencil, paintbrush or computer mouse, Brian is also an avid photographer and painter. His award chest is full, including regional and national American Advertising Awards (formerly the ADDYs), Print’s Regional Design Annual, 3×3 Magazine’s 6th Annual Pro Show Select, American Illustration: 27 +28, Society Of Illustrators of Los Angeles-Illustration West 35 and 45 and San Francisco Society of Illustrators. His artwork has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Atlantic Monthly, Bon Appetit, and National Public Radio’s calendar.
When he isn’t making art for his clients, Brian still enjoys creating art for himself, cooking, reading and exploring the Sierra Nevada mountains via bicycle with his wife.