One Emerging Artist You Should Know About: Mark Cesarik

One Emerging Artist You Should Know About: Mark Cesarik

While you won’t find Chicago based artist, Mark Cesarik posting regular selfies on his Instagram, you will find him in his studio daily.



“I’ve Never Been More Motivated In My Life”

Like other great artists, his passion started early. His innate desire of putting pen on paper, even if it was just to doodle in class led him deeper into the art world as his life progressed. “I got into doodling more and more. Then comic books and other things started to take shape from there.” He later attended, The Art Institute of Chicago, where he immersed himself in painting as well as graphic design. Mark has now been painting for 20 years, but out of that twenty years, the most recent have been the most significant to him. He’s found a unique style of mixing late 80’s graffiti with long forgotten moments, such as imagery from the great depression.




‘Ladies Night’

A modernized version of a 1935 photograph with three women modeling dust bowl masks. The term “Dust Bowl” was a name given to the Great Plains during the 1930’s. A decade of drought and soil erosion led to huge dust storms forming. This made living in the area very difficult at the time.

Although Mark’s signature style is still evolving, it is clear that he’s found a style that speaks to both him and others. When mentioning his style of work, the term “Modern Vintage” is thrown around, which many seem to agree is a fitting title for his recent collection of work. He’s traditionally been an oil painter, but over the past few months, Mark has began to incorporate spray paint into his work.

“Any artist working in any form of fine art medium, it’s impossible to not be influenced by street art. At 40 years old now, I don’t see myself tagging and using spray paint as my main medium, but certainly I’m excited to see what it does for my paintings.”



‘Air Force’

(Views from Marks Dining Room)  

“I like to describe my work as a figurative urban landscape of decay and graffiti.”




‘Yellow Number 9’

(One of the first works by him that caught our attention) 

So what does the future hold for a graphic designer with a passion to paint daily? Here’s what Mark has to say….

“I want to keep making work and keep progressing. I really want to be good at my craft. I’m going to paint for the rest of my life. Meeting other artists this past year has been motivating for me to elevate my style. I’d also like to keep the door open for my son, James to learn more about art, if he’s interested.”



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  • Kristina Fernandez

    This is awesome. A very good read about an artist that we SHOULD know about. His son James is the cutest too. Love his work!

    March 15, 2019 at 10:59 am

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