Marc Dennis is an American artist known for his hyper-realistic paintings that celebrate the subversive potential of beauty and explore the charged subjects of identity, pleasure and power.
Interested in transformative possibilities Dennis merges various movements throughout the western art historical canon with modern tropes in order to create clever, provocative and fresh paintings rich with hype, narrative and humor where art, history, nature, politics and pop culture intersect.
Born in Danvers, Massachusetts in 1971, Dennis was one of five sons and grew up in and around Boston, Puerto Rico and New Jersey. His father was born and raised in Havana, Cuba; and his mother was born and raised in Roxbury, MA. Marc received his B.F.A. from Tyler School of Art of Temple University in Philadelphia, PA and his M.F.A. from The University of Texas at Austin. He lives and works in Brooklyn.
His works have been included in numerous group and solo exhibitions including New York, London, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, among others. His works are in numerous private and public collections, including those of John and Amy Phelan, Glenn and Amanda Fuhrman, Bill and Maria Bell, Beth DeWoody and Firooz Zahedi, Larry Gagosian, David and Jennifer Stockman, Carl and Donna Hessel, Courtney and Karen Lord, Larry and Marilyn Fields, Nancy Rogers, Sean and Tammy McCarthy, The Neuberger Berman Collection, New York; The Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas at Austin; The Springfield Museum of Art, Ohio, The MIN Art Museum, Guadalajara, Mexico: and the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University, Palo Alto, California among others.