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Shepard Fairey’s work re-contextualizes the graphic aesthetics of Soviet propaganda to critique the status-quo of subjects including political oppression, globalization and industrialization, social and cultural injustice and governmental surveillance, among other recurring themes. He is well known for his public art pieces, such as his early “Obey” posters that featured Andre the Giant, as well as his “Hope” poster for Barack Obama’s first presidential campaign. A passionate community activist and promoter of art in the public sphere, Shepard has created major murals world-wide, such as his most recent mural in Detroit measuring 185 x 55 ft., the city’s largest mural to date.

Shepard Fairey was born in Charleston, South Carolina, in 1970 and currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California.  He received a BA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1991. Shepard has had museum retrospectives at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; the Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh; and has been featured in significant group exhibitions worldwide including “Art in the Streets” at MoCA, Los Angeles. His work is in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; and the National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC, among many other important public and private collections.

Mark Cesark works with found and reclaimed steel to create his irreverently political artworks. Utilizing American flag motifs, Cesark bridges painting and sculpture while creating eco-conscious and sustainable artworks. As stated by the late collector and patron John Powers (founder of the Powers Art Center in Carbondale and an early champion of Cesark’s work), “One might expect that art created from discarded material would have a raw, forbidding appearance. On the contrary, they have a gentle, captivating and sensual presence. The first impression is followed by a feeling of mystery when one learns that the surface areas are made by chance, sometimes by nature and often by human and mechanical work totally unrelated to their artistic intent…Each of the steel sculptures has a story.”

Mark Cesark was born in New Jersey in 1965 and spent most of his childhood there. He  received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Alfred University in 1989 and received his Masters of Fine Arts from Massachusetts Collage of Art in 1993. He and his wife, and their two young boys have lived in the Aspen Valley since 1995. He currently lives and maintains an art studio just outside Aspen, Colorado.