Artists

United States of America

Mark Hewko
Palimpsest [8]

24.10.22 18.11.22

Mark Hewko (pronounced: Hev-’ko) is a multidisciplinary artist specializing in contemporary abstract murals. Born and raised in New York City by Ukrainian immigrants, Mark experimented at an early age in both Roman and Cyrillic alphabets during the height of New York’s subway graffiti art movement. Drawing his inspiration from his upbringing, Mark’s signature style combines letter-forms, shapes and color schemes into bold, geometric compositions that burst forth from dull, lifeless walls. He is based in Los Angeles, California.

With this important background and a long-standing interest in traveling to Buenos Aires, the artist joined our residency program within the Palimpsest Project in its 8th edition. In Nova Lingua -the mural that has been incorporated into this project- Mark not only leaves us another testimony of his passion for interventions in walls and public spaces, for architecture and typography, but also interesting dialogues with the already existing murals, especially with those of the KiiK Create (New York-Puerto Rico) and Buck Teeth Girls Club (Canada) collectives that previously existed on the wall.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Mark’s contemporary art roots are derived from his adventures as a New York City graffiti artist in the late 1980s early 90s. In this work, he discovered an ongoing fascination for structure and form, by the connection between language and proportion. He continued exploring these themes as a professional graphic designer and photographer, deepening his work with an evolving appreciation of composition and the ways of seeing.

In seeking to reinvent and reawaken his obsession for form, feeling, and geometry, he has consistently developed new outlets for his creative work. He now channels that through rendering geometric abstractions with conscious intention. In doing so, Mark seeks to transform the familiar into the unfamiliar, while playing with a language of shapes and colors that connects back to his early experiences.

Finally, his abstractions embody a pure, uncontrived expression that is pleasing to the eye and evokes layers of emotion, both uplifting and calming. His objective is that viewers who encounter the artworks will feel an emotional and psychological shift that enhances their environment and state of mind.

BIO
Mark Hewko
1973 | Astoria, New York, lives in Los Angeles, California, USA

EDUCATION
1997 | A.A.S. Advertising Design / Fashion Institute of Technology. New York City, USA

2021 EXHIBITIONS
Casa Bagnolo – Sardinia, Italy
San Diego Museum of Art – San Diego, USA
Visual Gallery – San Diego, USA
Aicon Gallery – New York City, USA

AWARDS
2012 | PDN Magazine World in Focus, Travel Portrait First Place
2009 | Photography Masters Cup, Portrait Finalist
2006 | Communication Arts, Art Direction,
2005 | Society of Publication Designers, Design

PRESS
2022 | SD Voyager Magazine – San Diego
2021 | Artribune; Sardinia Eventi 24; La Nuova / Sardegna Oristano – Italy

Proyecto´ace
Artist-in-Residence International Program

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International Airport

Ministro Pistarini- Ezeiza (EZE)
Buenos Aires
45' to 60' trip

Domestic Airport

Aeroparque Jorge Newbery
Buenos Aires

Buses

38, 39, 41, 42, 59, 63, 65, 67, 68, 151, 152, 161, 184, 194 and 168 (stop in the front door)

Subway/Metro

D Line (Green)
Olleros Station (4 blocks, 4')

Train

Mitre Line (either to Leon Suarez or Mitre)
Colegiales Station (1 block, 1')

The Latin America's Paris

Buenos Aires is Argentine Republic's capital city. With 15,000,000 inhabitants, it is one of the largest cities in Latin America and one of the 10 most populous urban centers in the world. Its cosmopolitan and urban character vibrates to the rhythm of a great cultural offer that includes monuments, churches, museums, art galleries, opera, music and theaters; squares, parks and gardens with old groves; characteristic neighborhoods; large shopping centers and fairs. Here we also find a very good lodging facilities, with accommodation ranging from hostels to five-star hotels of the main international chains. Buenos Aires also show off about its variety of restaurants with all the cuisines of the world, as well as to have cafes and flower kiosks on every corner.

A neighborhood founded on the Jesuit farms in the 17th century

We are located in Colegiales neighborhood where the tree-lined streets, some of which still have their original cobblestones, invite you to walk. Although the apartment buildings advance, low houses still predominate. It is a district of the city where about 20 TV production companies, design studios, artist workshops and the Rock&Pop radio have been located. The neighborhood also has six squares, one of which pays homage to Mafalda, the Flea Market, shops, restaurants and cafes like its neighboring Barrios de Palermo and Belgrano, with which it limits.

Proyecto´ace
Artist-in-Residence International Program

2024 Open Call #2
Residencies 2024

Deadline
April 30th, 2024

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