About the artist

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For the last twenty years, Marius has been exhibiting at shows from Florida to California.  His work has received over eighty awards, including numerous best in category ribbons and best in show. He received his bachelors degree from the University of South Florida’s College of Fine Arts with an emphasis in photography in 1994.  His work has gone through different periods, from Polaroid transfers to visual meditations in the Far East.  Currently, he is creating minimalist and surrealist black and white imagery.

Marius’ work has always been inspired by Zen. He was conceived in Korea and grew up surrounded by Asian art. It obviously had an impact. His latest work is inspired by Zen Koans, which are allusions meant to short circuit the mind to see beyond the mundane.

With the new studio creations, inner subjects are more freely explored. Rather than working with what the world presents, entire new worlds can be imagined. There is light to finesse, angles to ponder and thoughts to deconstruct. Sometimes a concept is preconceived. Other times it seems to manifest itself.

The still life subjects are assembled in studio. A single exposure is made with a modern camera and vintage lenses. The image is then printed on old-school baryta coated paper with a new-school machine. Yin, then Yang.

 

 

HUMANITARIAN CAUSES:

A portion of all images from the Himalayas is donated to the Mahabodhi International Center in Ladakh (Marius’ favorite place on Earth, so far!).  Ladakh is a former kingdom in the trans-Himalayas on Tibet’s western border.  It is a part of India now, though China contests that.  To date (2015), Marius has donated over $2100 to further Mahabodhi’s humanitarian work.

After the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, Marius donated $715 of his Japanese imagery sales to the Japan Earthquake Tsunami Children in Emergency Fund at savethechildren.org  This helped provide children affected by the disaster safe havens where they could be cared for in a child-friendly, secure environment.