Mark Bern, born in 1979, is an emerging artist from Zurich, Switzerland. He is also an internet entrepreneur, who founded several web startups and sold two of them to listed companies. For the past 20 years, Mark Bern has been investigating the methodology of digital image processing. In his early day as a teenager Bern explored the possibilities of image manipulation on his first computer – a Commodore 64.
Mark Bern’s artworks uses the several digital processes to create abstract forms resembling pixelated photos and the late cubism. The artist himself refers to his art as pixel art.
In 2013 his first public art collection “Marbella” was released including “Beach”, “Champagne”, “Garage”, “Gibraltar”, “Heart”, “Malaga”, “Sand”, “Sky” as well as “Swimming Pool”. The artist describes the landscapes and atmosphere of Andalusia as the main inspiration for his series. Each artwork of the collection “Marbella” is available in a limited edition of five. Each work is printed onto premium aluminium and dibond plates.
Mark, what’s the first thing that you think of when you wake up in the morning?
New day, new opportunities!
And what makes you forget time?S
Being creative! Spending time outside in the nature inspires my creativity for new innovative art pieces the most.
If you could only keep three possessions, what would they be?
My smartphone with a long charging cable connected to a battery with unlimited electric power ;-)
What has influenced you the most?
My first computer, a Commodore 64: I started playing around with pixels as an art form back in the 90’s. Back then I was surrounded by geeks, programmers, hackers and other innovators in the field of information technology. Personal computers were not part of our lives like today, so I was excited to create art with new electronic devices.
What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
Listen to your heart and trust your gut feeling.
Don’t miss the opportunity to meet the artist and his work at the Grafik15 in Zurich this week .