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. Mark, his wife, and their two boys have lived in the Aspen Valley since 1995.
Mark’s time in his studio is spent transforming painted steel scraps from old cars, trucks, farming equipment etc. into poetic constructions. Each unique piece is a bridge between sculpture and painting. The objects he uses once had a utilitarian life, then a death, and finally a rebirth as contemporary artwork. Mark looks at each piece as collaboration between man, time, and nature.
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.”
Marks work is exhibited nationally, and he is represented in some of the most prestigious private and public collections in the world.
Manifest Destiny, 212GALLERY, Aspen, CO - SOLO
POP-Fiction: Russell Young, William John Kennedy, Mark Cesark, Andy Warhol and Robert Rauschenberg, 212GALLERY, Aspen, CO - GROUP
Bentley Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ - GROUP
Mark Cesark, Laura Rathe Fine Art, Houston, TX - SOLO
Mark Cesark: New Works, 212GALLERY, Aspen, CO - SOLO
Raw Materials, 212GALLERY, Aspen, CO - SOLO
Brunner Gallery, New Orleans, LA - GROUP
Aaron Galleries, Chicago, IL - GROUP
"Show and Tell, The Art of Vision," Zimmer Museum, Los Angeles, CA - GROUP
The Red Show, Cheryl Hazan Gallery, NYC - GROUP