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Mark Dean Veca/ Mark Dean Veca

United States 1963

Installation, Painting, Murals, Drawing

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Mark Dean Veca
Mark Dean Veca
Male
United States
1963

Mark Dean Veca made a career for himself by fusing art historical and pop cultural references in his loud, large-scale murals, ink and acrylic paintings on canvas, and drawings. Often relying on 18th-century French toile-style patterns to produce organic shapes, psychedelic landscapes and surreal cartoons, Mark Dean Veca’s forms resemble brains, intestine and other visceral anatomical references that usually dominate the artist’s visuals. He also uses a lot of cartoon characters such as Popeye and the Kellogg’s Tony the Tiger, giving his entire body of work a unique sense of playfulness and humor.

Mark Dean Veca - Puscifer - Image via pinterestcom
Mark Dean Veca – Puscifer – Image via pinterest.com

His Journey Through the World of Art

Mark Dean Veca was born in Shreveport, Louisiana, during the year of 1963. He acquired his artistic education by studying at the Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, an institution that gave Mark a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1985. Interestingly, this was not the end of the relationship between Veca and this faculty as Mark conducted many one-on-one master critiques with undergraduate and graduate Fine Arts students as part of the Jennifer Howard Coleman Distinguished Lectureship and Residency project. Now based in Los Angeles, Mark Dean Veca is renowned for creating paintings, drawings and installations that portray surreal cartoons, psychedelic landscapes and pop culture iconography while also being inspired by traditional decorative motifs.

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Mark Dean Veca – MDV Logo – Image via markdeanveca.com

Characteristics of Mark Dean Veca’s Art

Mark Dean Veca is widely recognized for his all-encompassing installations that surround the viewer and easily incite a sense of awe. Utilizing fantastical, humorous, aggressive and sexual imagery, the artist displays a pattern-like precision thanks to which his works are often identified as a modernized type of toile painting. According to Steve Mitchell, Mark Dean Veca works in the meticulous tradition of the fresco painter to produce an image that paradoxically evokes the immediacy of the graffiti artist. Veca has exhibited his unique art throughout the United States and Europe at institutions such as the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, PS 1 Contemporary Art Center, the Brooklyn Museum, the Bronx Museum of the Arts and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Furthermore, his work has been reviewed in numerous publications including the likes of The New York Times, Artforum, Art in America, Art Review, Juxtapoz and Flash Art.

The work of Mark Dean Veca is the sum of its paradoxical parts and Veca established himself as a leading artist by making sense of the visual absurdities he utilizes

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Mark Dean Veca – Untitled – Image via theartcollectors.com

An Impressive Portfolio

The imagery that emerges in my work seems to happen on a subconscious level – I just start improvising and that’s what comes out. Mark Dean Veca stated this during an interview, giving us a strong indicator of what his relatively improvisational artistic process looks like and the manner through which he breathes life into his diverse work. Mark spent the last 30 years of his life making murals, paintings, drawings, installations, sculptures, prints, designs and other inventions – as a result of such versatility and dedication, we are now blessed with having an opportunity to enjoy Veca’s diverse body of work which does not have a true worthy parallel in contemporary art.

This artist is represented by Fabien Castanier Galleries.

Mark Dean Veca lives and works in Miami, Florida, the United States.

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All images courtesy of Fabien Castanier Galleries.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2016Kiel Johnson and Mark Dean VecaJAUS, Los Angeles, CA Group
2016Turn the Page: The First Ten Years of Hi-FructoseVirginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Virginia Beach, VA Group
2014Thinkspace PresentsHashimoto Contemporary, San Francisco, CA Group
2014The Meaning of LifeGeoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA Group
2013Buddy System InvitationalBreeze Block Gallery, Portland, OR Group
20132013 California-Pacific TriennialOrange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach Group
2012Mark Dean Veca: Raging OpulenceSan Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA Solo
2012Under The Influence: The ComicsLehman College Art Gallery, New York City, NY Group
2011On the WallArena 1 Gallery, Santa Monica, CA Group
2010Mark Dean Veca: When The Shit Hits The FanWestern Project, Culver City, CA Solo
2010Never Judge...?Dray Walk, The Old Truman Brewery, London Group
2010DRAWMuseo de la Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico City Group
2010Five Year AnniversaryJonathan LeVine Gallery, New York City, NY Group
2010Cherry PieWestern Project, Culver City, CA Group
2009As Cold As They ComeJonathan LeVine Gallery, New York City, NY Solo
2009Mark Dean Veca: Paintings, Wall Drawings and CollaborationsUniversity Art Gallery, UCSD, La Jolla, CA Solo
2009Western Project : The First Six YearsWestern Project, Culver City, CA Group
2009The Art of RebellionAt Bergamot Station Arts Center, Santa Monica, CA Group
2008Mark Dean VecaBolsky Gallery at Otis College for Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA Solo
2008Mark Dean VecaOtis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA Solo
2008Mark Dean VecaMilieu, Bern Solo
2008In the Land of Retinal Delights: The Juxtapoz FactorLaguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA Group
2008Locked & LoadedJoshua Liner Gallery, New York City, NY Group
2008HefJail Gallery, Los Angeles, CA Group
2007ImbroglioJonathan LeVine Gallery, New York City, NY Solo
200716th Annual Swap MeetJonathan LeVine Gallery, New York City, NY Group
2007SITEingsSoutheastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA), Winston-Salem, NC Group
2006Draw TourFuse Gallery, New York City, NY Group
2006addictAddict Galerie, Paris Group
2005Picturing FloridaFlorida Atlantic University School of the Arts , Boca Raton, FL Group
2005Contemporary Erotic DrawingThe Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT Group
2004The Ludovico Treatmentmagnus müller, Berlin Group
2004Impact: New Mural ProjectsPPOW, New York City, NY Group
2003PavillionBloomberg Space, London Group
2001Katia Santibanez & Mark Dean Vecag-module, Paris Group
2000Mark Dean Veca: Magnificent CompulsionMark Moore Gallery, Santa Monica, CA Solo
2000Greater New York: New Art in New York NowMoMA PS1, New York City, NY Group
1999Mark Dean VecaWehby Gallery, New York City, NY Solo
1999Monumental DrawingsExit Art, New York City, NY Group
1998Mark Dean Veca: El GloominatorUB Art Galleries, Buffalo, NY Solo
1998Mark Dean VecaWehby Gallery, New York City, NY Solo
1998Pop SurrealismThe Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT Group
1998Relay: Drawn To ReadymadeHallwalls at The Church, Buffalo, NY Group
1998Only Child (Wanna Come Out and Play?)BRIC Rotunda Gallery, New York City, NY Group