Born in 1974 in Sacramento, California, Mark Fox is a self-taught artist who uses acrylic, spray paint, and occasionally collage. His work is influenced by raw graffiti styles, urban art, outsider art,and folk art and is shown regularly in California galleries and online. Fox has now sold over 500 paintings via the Internet and gallery shows and has amassed world-wide collectors from England, France, Canada, Italy, Norway, Denmark, Puerto Rico, Sweden, and India.
My art is inspired by my life experiences. Including my own struggles with identity and relationships and also observing others strife. Creating art places my soul at ease. It a natural way for me to express myself and cope with life. I use art as an escape from reality. There is no judgment or rules. I paint all subjects, but I am especially drawn towards people and portraits. I often create characters who have a story. I construct shapes, images, and colors that act as a symbolic voice for my inner self. I use acrylic, spray paint, house paint, pen and pencil. My approach to art is that I usually don't plan things in advance, I just let it happen. I do not attempt to follow the traditional “rules” of art but rather choose to create with as few limitations as possible. Early on, I was inspired by artists such as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Willem de Kooning and urban artists Phil Frost and Barry McGee.