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 lives 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 received his MFA from Florida International University. Upcoming solo exhibitions include Tesoro at The Frost Art Museum in Miami (2020). Current solo shows include Dragonfruit at The Mattress Factory Museum of Contemporary Art, Pittsburgh (September 2019- July 2020). 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, the artist was awarded an Andy Warhol Foundation Wavemaker grant for his project Versus. In the same year, he was part of the exhibition Woven at Deutsche Bank, New York and Philodendron at the Wolfsonian Museum, Miami Beach. Recent solo exhibitions include Excess of Sleep Produces Monsters (2017) at David Castillo Gallery. Mar’s work is included in 100 Sculptors of Tomorrow (2019, Thames & Hudson). 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
MFA, Florida International University, Miami, FL
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME
BFA, California College of Arts and Crafts, San Francisco, CA
Ècole d’Art, Aix-en-Provence, France
Solo Exhibition, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tucson, AZ (forthcoming)
Tesoro, The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, Miami, FL (forthcoming)
Mexipop, Insituto Cultureal de Mexico en Miami, Miami, FL
Dragonfruit, The Mattress Factory Museum of Contemporary Art, Pittsburgh, PA
Man of the Night, Locust Projects, Miami, FL
Excess of Sleep Produces Monsters, David Castillo Gallery, Miami Beach, FL
Versus, Miami, FL (The Andy Warhol Foundation/Cannonball Wavemaker Grant project)
Parco dei Mostri, DiverseWorks, Houston, TX
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
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
Who Needs Guitars Anymore?, White Flag Projects, St. Louis, MO
Raw Sewage, David Castillo Gallery, Miami, FL
Shock Treatment, Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, FL
Pandemonium, The Art Gallery at Government Center, Miami, FL
My Mirrors, David Castillo Gallery, Miami , FL
Hunga Bunga, Freight + Volume, New York, NY
To Hell and Back Again, Nada Art Fair, Locust Projects, Miami, FL
Guanajuato, Rocket Projects, Miami, FL
You Better Be Pretty, Ambrosino Gallery, North Miami, FL
I Live Here Now, “It Can Change,” San Francisco, CA
Don’t Breathe Too Deep, Techoa Bruce Gallery, CCAC, San Francisco, CA
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
Rituals of Regard and Recollection, Law Warschaw Gallery, Macalester College, Saint Paul, Minnesota
Florida Prize in Contemporary Art 2019, Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando, FL
Big Ringer, Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York, NY
Notices in a Mutable Terrain, curated by Adler Guerrier, Atchugarry Art Center, Miami, FL
Deconstruction: A reordering of life, politics, and art, The Frost Art Museum, Miami, FL
Many Visions, Many Versions, The Frost Art Museum, Miami, FL
In terms of collage, David Castillo Gallery, Miami Beach, FL
Center to Center, Art and Culture Center/Hollywood, Hollywood, FL
The Strangeness Will Wear Off, David Castillo Gallery, Miami Beach, FL
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
Two Years of Looking, New Arts Project, Curated by Erik Hanson, London, UK
Woven, Deutsche Bank, 60 Wall Gallery, New York, NY
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
Amerika, David Castillo Gallery, Miami Beach, FL
Metabolic Bodies, David Castillo Gallery, Miami, FL
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Tent, Locust Projects, Miami, FL
Face 2 Face 2 Face, Pond Space, Organized by “It Can Change,” San Francisco, CA
Point of Departure, Mission Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA
Jardin, Curated by Chris Perez, San Francisco, CA
All College Honors, Oliver Art Center, CCAC, Oakland, CA
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Hudson, Tom. “The Sunshine Economy: Creativity and Commerce During Art Week”, NPR, December 2, 2019.
Carrigan, Margaret. “Interview with Pepe Mar on his work safeguarding queer histories”, The Art Newspaper, December 2, 2019.
Sokol, Brett. “Art Basel Miami, Where Big Money Meets Bigger Money”, The New York Times, November 29, 2019.
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“Pepe Mar, Jillian Mayer, and Asser Saint-Val Questions Systems of Belief at David Castillo Gallery in Miami Beach”, Artnews, July 19, 2019.
“Orlando Museum of Art’s 2019 Florida Prize in Contemporary Art rejoices in the chatic, transcendent interconnectedness of the world”, Orlando Weekly, June 2019.
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“’Deconstruction: A reordering of life, politics, and art’ at Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, Miami”, Blouin Artinfo, September 25, 2018.
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Stapley-Brown, Victoria. “Inside the artist’s studio”, The Art Newspaper, December 6, 2017.
Rivera, Fredo. “How Queers and Latinos Helped Make Miami an Art Capital”, Advocate, December 4, 2017.
“Wonder Emporium”, Miami Magazine, December 2017 Issue.
“Entre Obras en el Tropico”, Destino Mundo Vogue, November 2017.
Uszerowicz, Monica. “When Artists Carry the Burden of History”, Hyperallergic, August 20, 2017.
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“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.
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Artsy Editorial. “A Group Show Considers Kafka’s ‘Amerika’ and Otherness in Art,” Artsy, 2014.
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Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT
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
The Ellies Award, Oolite Arts, Miami, FL
South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship for Visual and Media Artists
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
The Bronx Museum International Residency Program
P-R-I-M-E-T-I-M-E, Brooklyn, NY
Glogauer Artist Residency, Berlin, Germany
Deering Estate Residency, Miami, FL
Summer Residency, Cooper Union, New York, NY
Institute of Contemporary Art, 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
Girls’ Club Foundation, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, FL