Born in Winnipeg Canada in 1974, Marcel Dzama was educated at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg. He lives and works in NYC, NY and is represented by David Zwirner Gallery, NYC.
Known for his figurative compositions of pen and watercolor on manila- colored paper with a characteristic palette of muted browns, grays, greens, yellows, and reds, Dzama's drawings and prints are populated by human characters, animals, hybrids that are placed against empty backgrounds. Caught in unlikely situations, his characters and their environments are stripped of specific narrative contexts, thus offering many possible interpretations. The artist's cast of characters is expansive and characters often reappear, though in each drawing their roles become more complex and defined. The work draws from a variety of sources, among them native mythology, Inuit art, Dante's Divine Comedy, medieval paintings, and American folklore. Dzama is influenced by the work of William Blake, Francisco de Goya, Sandro Botticelli, and James Ensor, among others.