Pepe Mar

  • Wakashu
    2017
    Collage on wood in artist’s plexi box
    50 x 50 inches

  • Le Cabinet d’Orange
    2016
    Acrylic on printed fabric
    72 1/4 x 55 1/4 inches

  • Effervescent Vibes
    2017
    Acrylic on printed fabric
    84 x 48 inches

  • The Jester
    2017
    Mixed media on wood
    60 x 48 inches

  • The Creator
    2016
    Mixed media on wood
    60 x 48 x 4 inches

  • The Talisman
    2016
    Collage on wood in artist’s plexi box
    60 x 48 1/2 x 9 inches

  • Enter the Void
    2016
    Collage on paper
    140 x 170 inches

  • The Upside Down
    2016
    Printed fabric and metal grommets
    59 3/4 x 111 1/2 inches

  • Window II
    2016
    Aluminum, plexi and found ephemera
    38 x 38 x 2 inches

  • Untitled
    2016
    Collage on wood
    44 ½ x 44 ½ x 5 ¼ inches

  • Personnage (Purple)
    2016
    Collage on wood in artist’s plexi box
    27 3/4 x 17 1/4 x 7 inches

  • The Somnambulist’s Garden
    2015
    Collage on wood
    58 x 34 x 12 inches

  • Parco dei Mostri
    Installation View
    DiverseWorks, Houston, TX

  • Parco dei Mostri
    Installation View 2
    DiverseWorks, Houston, TX

  • Parco dei Mostri
    Installation View 3
    DiverseWorks Houston, TX

  • Parco dei Mostri
    2014
    Installation View 4
    DiverseWorks Houston, TX

  • Versace (1996)
    2014
    Garment in wood frame
    30 x 31 inches

  • Baroque
    2014
    Garment in wood frame
    48 x 52 inches

  • Gold Lame (2002)
    2014
    Garment in wood frame
    24 x 26 inches

  • The Cabinet of Dr. Mar
    2014
    Collage on wood
    6 feet x 6 feet

  • Hair
    2014
    Collage, paint, glue in shadowbox
    48 x 48 inches

  • Baby Dragon 2
    2013
    Collage, paint, glue in shadowbox
    30 x 40 inches

  • Baby Dragon 3
    2013
    Collage, paint, glue in shadowbox
    30 x 40 inches

  • Lobster Face
    2013
    Collage, paint, glue in shadowbox
    30 x 40 inches

  • Cabeza (Orange)
    Permanent Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami
    Installation View, Pivot Points, 2013

  • The Eye, The Vessel, and The Spell
    2013
    Mixed media
    Dimensions variable

  • Revival IV
    2013
    Mixed media on wood cabinet
    40 1/2 x 41 x 12 inches

  • Magz
    2013
    Mixed media
    Dimensions variable

  • Card Game 4 (orange background)
    2013
    Collage and paint on board
    41 x 28 1/2 inches

  • Revival III
    2013
    Mixed media on wood cabinet
    41 x 41 x 12 inches

  • Revival II
    2012
    Mixed media on wood cabinet
    41 x 41 x 12 inches

  • Spitting Totem
    2012
    Baskets, burlap, paint, wood
    84 x 96 x 48 inches

  • Cruising Totem
    2012
    Baskets, burlap, paint, collage
    10 feet tall

  • Revival
    2012
    Mixed media on wood cabinet
    41 x 41 x 12 inches

  • Cabeza (bronze)
    2011
    Bronze
    52 1/2 x 31 x 36 inches
    350 pounds
    Edition of 5

  • Enter the Void
    2011
    Fabric, wood, wire, terracotta
    29 x 31 x 50 inches

  • Cabeza (Orange)
    2010
    Baskets, paint, gold leaf
    84 x 33 1/2 x 42 inches
    Collection Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami

  • Cabeza (Pink)
    2010
    Baskets, paint, gold leaf
    79 1/2 x 30 x 33 inches

  • Club Universe (Saturday)
    2010
    Fabric, wood, wire
    44 x 48 x 40 inches

  • Pleasure Dome (Sunday)
    2010
    Fabric, wood, wire
    53 x 45 x 37 inches

  • Time Bomb: Extended Version (installation view)
    2010

  • Spinning Around
    2008
    Mixed media
    8 feet tall
    Collection of The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum

Pepe Mar is a cognoscente of materiality at the forefront of social fluency and personal obsession. Mar excavates the ritual narratives inherent in secondhand stores, science fiction, celebrity, commercial design, and social media to create abstract and anthropomorphic barometers of contemporary culture. His rich, experiential process recalls the history of assemblage and painting. Mar heeds the call of Roland Barthes’ universal signifiers and answers with icons both appropriated and original. The artist’s work is committed to a personal and universal exploration of cultural alienation.

 

Pepe Mar was born in Mexico and live and works in Miami, Florida. He received his BFA from California College of the Arts (CCA), San Francisco. Mar attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Skowhegan, Maine (2011) and his MFA from Florida International University in 2012. In 2013, the artist participated in the Bronx Museum International Residency Program. In 2014, Mar had his first institutional commission in the US at DiverseWorks, Houston. In 2015, Mar participated in the Banff Residency in Canada and was awarded an Andy Warhol Foundation Wavemaker grant for his project “Versus”. In 2016, the artist was in residence for six months in the ISCP Residency in New York and was the recipient of both a Pollock-Krasner grant and a South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship. In 2017, Mar will have an institutional solo exhibition at Locust Projects, Miami, “Man of the Night” (opening December 2017). His work has been exhibited throughout the US and venues abroad and is included in major collections in the US, Europe, and Latin America including public collections such as the ICA Miami and Perez Art Museum. His work has appeared in the New York Times, ARTnews, Art in America, Art + Auction, the Artnewspaper, and Artnet.

Born in 1977 in Reynosa, Mexico, lives and works in Miami, FL

 

EDUCATION

 

2012
MFA, Florida International University, Miami, FL

 

2011
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME

 

2000
BFA, California College of Arts and Crafts, San Francisco, CA

 

1999
Ècole d’Art, Aix-en-Provence, France

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

 

2017
Man of the Night (forthcoming Dec 2017 – Jan 2018), Locust Projects, Miami, FL

 

2016
Excess of Sleep Produces Monsters, David Castillo Gallery, Miami Beach, FL

 

2015
Versus, Miami, FL (The Andy Warhol Foundation/Cannonball Wavemaker Grant project)

 

2014
Parco dei Mostri, DiverseWorks, Houston, TX

 

2013
The Transorientalist, J. Johnson Gallery, Jacksonville, FL
A Claw For An Eye, Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Chicago, IL
Pepe Mar 2005-2013, Young at Art Museum, Davie, FL
The Eye, The Vessel, and The Spell, David Castillo Gallery, Miami, FL
Baby Dragon, P-R-I-M-E-T-I-M-E, Brooklyn, NY

 

2010
Time Bomb: Extended Version, curated by Melissa Diaz, Miami Design District, FL
TIme Bomb, David Castillo Gallery, Miami, FL
9 Solos, Meet Me at the Underground (Starring Quentin Crisp), The Moore Building, Miami, FL

 

2008
Who Needs Guitars Anymore?, White Flag Projects, St. Louis, MO
Raw Sewage, David Castillo Gallery, Miami, FL

 

2007
Shock Treatment, Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, FL
Pandemonium, The Art Gallery at Government Center, Miami, FL

 

2006
My Mirrors, David Castillo Gallery, Miami , FL
Hunga Bunga, Freight + Volume, New York, NY

 

2005
To Hell and Back Again, Nada Art Fair, Locust Projects, Miami, FL
Guanajuato, Rocket Projects, Miami, FL

 

2002
You Better Be Pretty, Ambrosino Gallery, North Miami, FL

 

2001
I Live Here Now, “It Can Change,” San Francisco, CA

 

2000
Don’t Breathe Too Deep, Techoa Bruce Gallery, CCAC, San Francisco, CA

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

 

2017
South Florida Cultural Consortium Exhibition, Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, FL
Bochinche, Creative Misunderstandings Performance series, Faena Forum, Miami Beach, FL
No burden as heavy, David Castillo Gallery, Miami Beach, FL

 

2016
Two Years of Looking, New Arts Project, Curated by Erik Hanson, London, UK
Woven, Deutsche Bank, 60 Wall Gallery, New York, NY

 

2015
100+ Degrees in the Shade, A Survey of South Florida, Miami, FL
Philodendron: From Pan-Latin Exotic to American Modern, The Wolfsonian-FIU, Miami Beach, FL
DCG Summer Show, David Castillo Gallery, Miami Beach, FL

 

2014
Amerika, David Castillo Gallery, Miami Beach, FL
Metabolic Bodies, David Castillo Gallery, Miami, FL

 

2013
Discovery Gallery permanent installation, Frost Art Museum, Miami, FL
Pivot Points: 15 Years and Counting, MoCA North Miami, North Miami, FL
Annual Interest No. 1, Young At Art Museum, Davie, FL

 

2012
Dark Flow Lurking, David Castillo Gallery, Miami, FL
This and That: Unconventional Selections from the Permanent Collection, The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, Miami, FL
Discrepant Modernism, The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, Miami, FL
Texas National 2012, curated by Dave Hickey, The Cole Art Center, Stephen F. Austin University, Nacogdoches, TX

 

2011
Reformation 2011, Old County Jail, Skowhegan, ME
GOLDMINE: Works from the Collection of Sirje and Michael Gold, University Art Museum, California State University, Long Beach, CA

 

2010
The Maginot Line, curated by Dennis Scholl, David Castillo Gallery
Double Take, Miami Design District, FL
Mystic Visage, World Class Boxing: Debra & Dennis Scholl Collection, Miami, FL
Gallery Projects, David Castillo Gallery, Miami, FL
Spreading the Influence, Olin Art Gallery, Kenyon College, OH

 

2009
Heads Up, curated by Michael O. Gold, Domestic Setting, Los Angeles, CA
TIME + TEMP: Surveying the shifting climate of current painting in South Florida, Hollywood Art and Culture Center, Hollywood, FL
Set to Manual, Girls’ Club, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
CUT: The Makings of Removal, Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art, Chaffey College, San Bernardino, CA
Pivot Points 3, Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, FL
Express Yourself: International Pow Wow, Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Miami, FL
Gallery Projects, David Castillo Gallery, Miami, FL
NEW/NOW: New Painting & Drawing, The Schoolhouse Gallery, Provincetown, MA
Fourth All-Media Juried Biennial, Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, FL
BEAUTIFUL/DECAY: A TO Z, Kopeikin Gallery, West Hollywood, CA

 

2008
Troglodytes see better in the dark, David Castillo Annex
Under the Influence, Girl’s Club, curated by Michelle Weinberg, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Selections from the Permanent Collection, Miami Art Museum
Refraction, loop gallery, Berlin, Germany
Glogauer Residency, Berlin, Germany
Cut, Vincent Price Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA

 

2007
Expanded Painting, curated by Paco Barragan & Nina Arias, Miami, FL
Reverie + Revolt: contemporary collage, ArtCenter/South Florida, Miami
Real Time, David Castillo Gallery, Miami, FL
All Is Well That Begins Well and Has No End, Eighty WSE Gallery, New York
Summer Residency exhibition, Cooper Union, New York, NY
All Media Juried Biennial, Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, FL
CCA at 100: Alumni Looking Forward, Braunstein/Quay Gallery, San Francisco

 

2006
Destroy this City, David Castillo Gallery, Miami, FL
Native Seeds, Art Center South Florida, Miami Beach, FL
Searching for Love & Fire, David Castillo Gallery, Miami, FL

 

2005
La Frontera, Gescheidle,Chicago ,IL
For Everyone and No One, Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, FL
Op-ish, Samson Projects, Boston, MA
Labyrinth, The Newton Building, Curated by Tyler Emerson, Miami, FL

 

2004
Animal Farm, Rocket Projects, Miami, FL
Piñata Party, Gavin Brown Enterprise, Organized by “It Can Change,” New York, NY
Visions of Now, J. Johnson Gallery, Jacksonville, FL
Young Miami, Annina Nosei Gallery, New York, NY
Delinquent Boys, Plush Gallery, Dallas, TX
Drawing Conclusions 2, Rocket Projects, Miami, FL
Miami in N.Y., Budman Studios, New York, NY
The Stray Show, Worm Hole Laboratory, Chicago, IL
The Skull Show, Hanna Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
If You Believe Hard Enough, Rocket Projects, Miami, FL
By the Woods, Miami Light Project, Miami FL
Dirty South, Worm Hole Laboratory, Miami, FL

 

2003
Pepelandia, Rectangle Space, Miami, FL
Haunted, Worm Hole Laboratory, Miami, FL
Butt Seriously, The Moore Space, Curated by Aja Albertson, Miami, FL
Gilligan’s Island, Ambrosino Gallery, North Miami, FL
Muestra 2, Adriana Schmidt Gallery, (Stuttgart, Germany) World Trade Center, Mexico
Shadow Cabinets, Kunstall Fridericianum, Organized by “It Can Change,” Germany
Cut and Paste 2, Ambrosino Gallery, North Miami, FL
Of Off Painting, Buick Building, Miami Design District, FL

 

2002
Art Basel Miami Beach, Ambrosino Gallery (North Miami, FL), Miami Beach, FL
Stomping Grounds I, ACSF, Curated by Carolina Salazar, Miami Beach, FL
The No Show Against Discrimination, Frederic Snitzer Gallery, Coral Gables, FL
Slide Jam, Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL

 

2001
Tent, Locust Projects, Miami, FL
Face 2 Face 2 Face, Pond Space, Organized by “It Can Change,” San Francisco, CA

 

2000
Point of Departure, Mission Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA
Jardin, Curated by Chris Perez, San Francisco, CA

 

1999
All College Honors, Oliver Art Center, CCAC, Oakland, CA

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY

 

Santino, Sini. “Pepe Mar: Excess of Sleep Produces Monsters”, The Miami Rail, Winter 2016.
Mason, Isabella. “Pepe Mar at David Castillo Gallery, Miami”, Blouin Art Info, November 3, 2016.
“The Politics of Weaving: Xaviera Simmons’ Exhibition ‘Woven’ at 60 Wall Gallery”, Art Mag by Deutsche Bank, July 2016.
Rosen, Miss. “Exotic to American Modern: How one Latin American plant inspired a movement in Western art and culture”, Crave, December 7, 2015.
Larsen, Christian A. “Philodendron: From Pan-Latin Exotic to American Modern”, catalogue, The Wolfsonian – FIU, October 2015. Print.
McCaughan, Sean. “The Wolfsonian is Building an Immersive Jungle in its Lobby,” Curbed Miami, September 23, 2015.
Levin, Jordan. “Cannonball Miami awards its Wavemaker grants,” The Miami Herald, February 19, 2015.
Artsy Editorial. “A Group Show Considers Kafka’s ‘Amerika’ and Otherness in Art,” Artsy, 2014.
Tommaney, Jim J. “Pepe Mar: Parco dei Mostri (Park of Monsters)–A Trip Down Memory Lane,” HoustonPress, September 2014.
Glentzer, Molly. “Pepe Mar Brings his Wunderkrammer to DiverseWorks,” Houston Chronicle Arts & Theatre, September 2014.
Matos, Dennys. “Metabolic Bodies una reflexion en torno a practicas artisticas,” El Nuevo Herald, May 3, 2014.
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LECTURES

 

Frost Art Museum, Miami, FL
Florida International University, Miami, FL
Webster College, St. Louis, MO
Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL
Moore College of Art & Design, Philadelphia, PA
Painting & Drawing Lecture Series, California College of Arts, San Francisco, CA

 

AWARDS & RESIDENCIES

 

2016
South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship for Visual and Media Artists

 

2015
Pollock-Krasner Award, New York, NY
Cannonball WaveMaker Grant, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Miami, FL
Benediktson Fellowship for International Artists, Banff, Alberta, Canada
The Banff Centre, Artist in Residency Program, Banff, Alberta, Canada

 

2013
The Bronx Museum International Residency Program
P-R-I-M-E-T-I-M-E, Brooklyn, NY

 

2008
Glogauer Artist Residency, Berlin, Germany

 

2007-2008
Deering Estate Residency, Miami, FL

 

2007
Summer Residency, Cooper Union, New York, NY

 

SELECTED COLLECTIONS

 

ICA, Miami, FL
The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, Miami, FL
MOLAA Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, CA
Young at Art Children’s Museum, Davie, FL
Jereann Chaney, Houston, TX
Joel & Sherry Hope Mallin, New York, NY
Perez Art Museum Miami, Miami, FL
Solita Cohen de Mishaan, Miami, FL
Miami-Dade Public Library System, Miami, FL
Mickalene Thomas, New York, NY
Francie Bishop Good and David Horvitz, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida