Marcus Jansen, b. 1968, Manhattan, NY is a former combat soldier who transformed his life from being at War to a leading contemporary painter that became known for his gritty urban landscape paintings since the 1990s.
Jansen is one of America's new pioneering painters and was included in numerous International Biennials including the Fleurieu Art Prize 2013 Biennale, Australia noted as the highest valued landscape painting prize anywhere in the world curated by Nigel Hurst, Director & Chief Executive, Saatchi Gallery London.
His most recent project The Art Album in New York City shows Jansen's work on the book cover with some of the worlds most recognized contemporary artists inside including, Shepard Fairey, Takashi Murakami, Jonathan Meese, Daniel Richter and Chuck Close. Discovered by former Museum director Jerome A. Donson, (Director of the American Vanguard Exhibitions Europe 1961), in charge of traveling exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, (MOMA), New York, Jansen is an Internationally known painter and seen by many as a pioneer of expressive urban socio-political painting or as Donson puts it, "reminiscent of the Ash-Can School."
Jansen's Museum collections include The Moscow Museum of Modern Art (MMOMA), Russia, The PERMM Museum of Contemporary Art, Russia, The New Britain Museum of American Art, CT, The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, MO,The National Taiwan Museum of Fine Art, Taiwan and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC. Jansen is also one of the ABSOLUT VODKA artist's of this century along side names Damien Hirst, Andy Warhol and Keith Haring.
Jansen's awards include the New American Paintings No. 94, Alumni inclusion 2012, curated by Dan Cameron, Founder of the US Biennial Inc. The Aesthetica Art Prize 2012, United Kingdom, the Laguna Art Prize 2013, Venice Italy and the Dave Bown Project Grant in 2012. He is represented by Lazarides Rathbone, London, UK and Galleria Bianca Maria Rizi & Matthias Ritter, Milan Italy.