Mark Symczak has spent his entire life in the pursuit of his art. He has explored numerous styles and techniques but has remained close to his core figurative style. While being formally trained in graphic arts and design at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, he pursued his passion for painting in oil and acrylics and has produced some memorable large scale paintings as well as portraits and sculpture. His choice of subject has varied from early explorations of surrealism to mural-like, multi-figured compositions depicting groups of music and theater performers. While living in Pittsburgh, he was represented by the Concept Art Gallery, appeared in numerous individual and group shows, including receiving the Purchase Award at the annual exhibit of the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh at the Carnegie Museum of Art and is also represented in several personal collections.
Mark and his family moved to the New York City area in the 1982 for exposure to the unique and dynamic art scene represented there. He has worked to refine and refresh his approach to figurative representations and the use of different media. Mark has appeared in several group shows, including at the Now Gallery in the East Village and the Cork Gallery at Lincoln Center as well as three one-man shows at Synchronicity Fine Arts as recently as November, 2010.
Always seeking new expressions for his art, for the past more than 20 years, Mark has established a strong reputation in the New York theater community for inventive and elegant set designs. He has been co-artistic director for the Synchronicity Theater Group and has designed and produced sets for over 70 productions in New York City. He has received special recognition for productions with several theatrical companies around NYC, including a 20 year relationship with 29th Street Rep, the controversial Jewish Theater of New York, nominated for an Off-Broadway Best Set Design Award for the Hypothetical Theater and designed the set for the long running “The Countess” at the Samuel Beckett Theater. Mark is in constant demand for his special ability to create efficient expressions of avant garde plays staged in challenging spaces around New York.
A polymath with wide ranging interests, Mark continues to explore new areas for inspiration. His latest direction, “Birds”, demonstrates his ability to creatively combine new techniques, media and subject matter in an accessible expression. Mark and wife now live just outside of New York City. Their two daughters are both pursuing their own artistic endeavors in video and fashion design.