Marco Mark


Trinidad ( 1949 - )


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Marco Mark is a multi-dimensional creative artist. He has worked in the mediums of airbrush, acrylic, crayon, house paint, watercolor, dye, printing, ink, pastel, colored pencil, magic marker, etching, engraving, serigraph, silkscreen, dimensional paint, wallpaper, collage and ink jet printer.

In his creative output, Marco loves to make art icons of famous people. As a youngster growing up on the Caribbean island of Trinidad, Marco was an ardent observer of the island’s annual carnival celebration. He became fascinated with the colorful revelers, masquerading as famous people during the two-day festivities. This early exposure, coupled with the everyday play of calypso and steel drum music, left a profound influence on Marco that still fuels his creative expression today.

In 1968, Marco immigrated to the United States and attended the School of Visual Arts in New York. Here he learned about commercial illustration and graphic arts and honed is skills as a commercial artist. After completing his studies, Marco apprenticed at Designers 3 Art Studio and worked as an Assistant Art Director at Hicks & Criest advertising agency. When he left the agency, he became a successful freelance commercial artist. In a short time, his art work adorned umbrellas for the likes of Oscar De la Renta, Nina Ricci, ABC Wide World of Sports, NBC Sports, CBS Sports, Colleges and Universities, and numerous other businesses throughout the United States.

In the 1980s, Marco moved to Atlanta, Georgia and began making fine art for the Arthur A. Kaplan Co. He created for the company his popular African-American Dance series, Ailey Dancers, a colorful homage to the late choreographer and dancer, Alvin Ailey.

In 2007, Marco was asked to contribute his artistic insights and talents to a memorial retrospective of the late Princess Diana. This retrospective entitled, Princess Diana in Art, compiled by London-born art connoisseur, Mem Mehmet, and published by Pop Art Books features a collection of paintings reflecting the shifting moods of this enigmatic princess. Marco’s work, a collage of rag paper, ink, and acrylic on canvas, captures the essence of this most remarkable and vulnerable young woman.

Today, Marco continues to work and create art in Atlanta. Asked what he would have become had he not become an artist, Marco replies, “an actor, of course,” a testament to the creativity in him that continues to burn bright.