Mark Mann received his BFA degree from the College of Santa Fe, Santa Fe, New Mexico. Upon relocating to New York City, he continued an artistic career and gained first-hand experience through assisting a number of accomplished, New York artists, such as Petah Coyne, Carol Hepper, and Donna Dennis. From 2001 to 2010, his artwork was represented in New York City by the Laurence Miller Gallery. Projects with the gallery included two solo exhibitions of photo-based prints, Wish You Were Here (2001), and Are We There Yet? (2003), as well as the publication of the limited-edition portfolio Last Resort (2005). His artworks have been exhibited in various US and European galleries, as well as such art fairs as Art Basel, Paris Photo, ADAA, ARCO and Art Miami, and has been purchased and collected by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Norton Museum of Art, Palm Beach, Florida, The George Eastman House, Rochester, New York, and the Sir Elton John Collection. Mark Mann currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
O Uncolored People is an ongoing series of paintings depicting burnt sunbathers as a means to express a side of the American character weary from excess and leisure and instilled with a dark sense humor. As a group, these people of Anglo descent are over-exposed and vulnerable to a changing world where American superiority is challenged. Each painting's title is based on popular boys’ and girls’ names from1930s Social Security records, meant to reference an older generation—tough, stoic, but now questioning their status. My goal is to bring qualities of both the strange and sentimental in these pictures—in much the same way the most miserable of vacations can, over time, become the fondest of memories.