The collages, sculptures and installations of Mexican artist Pepe Mar are full of playfulness and color. Inspired by the world of fashion, design and music, Mar constructs his work as a three-dimensional puzzle made of magazine clippings, sponges or glitter. With a profound observation of customs and an unequivocal dramatic flair, 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 Arts (CCA), San Francisco and his MFA from Florida International University (2012). Mar attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Skowhegan, Maine (2011), the Bronx Museum International Artist Residency (2013), and in 2015, the Banff Centre Artist in Residency program. His work has been exhibited throughout the United States and venues abroad and is included in major collections in the US, Europe, and Latin America including public collections such as Miami Art Museum. His work has appeared in the New York Times, ARTnews, Art in America, Art + Auction and the Artnewspaper.