Marcus Jansen

Marcus Jansen’s Biography

“Marcus Jansen, b. 1968, New York, New York is referred to as a cartographer of conflict, first noted by (Strife Journal) at the University Department of War Studies, King’s College London.

A former soldier and world traveler since the age of one year old, Jansen was first influenced by an emerging and rebellious Graffiti art movement from New York City in his childhood years in the 1970’s. His first International book was published by the leading book publisher SKIRA Editore, Milan Italy titled,  “Marcus Jansen – DECADE” where he joins international book titles like Jean Michel Basquiat, Francis Bacon and others. The book  has a foreword by notorious London Art Dealer Steve Lazarides and a critical essay by Art Historian and curator Dr. Brooke Lynn Mcgowan.

Discovered and mentored by former Museum Director and historian Jerome A. Donson, (Director of the American Vanguard Exhibitions Europe 1961), who was responsible for preparing exhibitions for artists like Jackson Pollock, Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, Willem de Kooning and Franz Kline at MOMA New York and the Guggenheim Museum. Donson referred to Jansen’s work as being “reminiscent of the Ash-Can School and referred to him as  “the innovator of Modern Expressionism”,  in Jansen’s French published catalog in 2005.

Among Jansen’s International prizes was being selected finalist for the 12th International Print & Drawing Biennale in Taiwan and the Fleurieu Art Prize 2013 Biennale, Australia noted as the highest valued landscape painting prize anywhere in the world by Nigel Hurst, Director and Chief Executive, Saatchi Gallery London in 2013. Just  recently he was invited to show at the largest Urban Art Biennale in Europe “Cityleaks” in Cologne Germany.

Jansen was raised between New York City and Moenchengladbach Germany where he studied briefly at the Kunstgewerbe Schule the Berufsfachschule fuer Gestaltung and later completed a three year craft as a commercial house painter. Later, after his Military discharge, Jansen started selling paintings on the streets of New York before transforming his life from serving in War to a professional painter. His works are included in the U.S. Department of State, Art in Embassies Program, UNESCO in Paris France, listed in Who’s Who in American Art and his Museum collections include the Moscow Museum of Modern Art (MMOMA), Russia, The New Britain Museum of American Art, The PERMM Museum of Contemporary Art, The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, The National Taiwan Museum of Fine Art, Taiwan and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC. Like Andy Warhol and Keith Haring he was commissioned in 2012 as part of the latest generation of Absolut artists to complete an Absolut Blank bottle and was also commissioned by Warner Brothers in 2008.

Jansen’s first solo Museum exhibition in Europe, “Marcus Jansen DECADE” at the Triennale di Milano Museum in Milan, Italy was noted alongside Monet, Ai Weiwei, Basquiat as among the top 10 most important art exhibitions to see in Italy. The tour is being accompanied by a documentary film titled, “Marcus Jansen – Examine & Report”, a film by John Scoular that spotlights  Marcus Jansen as a painter and Art personalities including, Steve Lazarides, Lawrence Voytek, WEST Rubinstein, Noah Becker, Dieter Rampl, Dr. Brooke Lynn McGowan and more. The Jansen European Museum tour is being organized by Art Historian Dr. Elmar Zorn,  the director of the curatorial partners from Munich that include Prof. Dr. David Galloway, New York, Prof. Dr. Dieter Ronte, Bonn and Prof. Dr. Manfred Schneckenburger, Koeln Germany.”

Biography from Marcus Jansen’s Official Website.

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