Marc Alexander was born in Pretoria, South Africa in 1972. He now lives and works with his wife and four children in Cape Town. He is best known for his focus on South African heritage and icons such as his many portraits of late President Nelson Mandela.
Marc’s portraits are so lifelike that they are often viewed with amazement, especially by those who had known Mr Mandela personally. Marc’s limited edition prints of these portraits are being snatched up by admirers and collectors from all over the world, including the likes of Mandela’s dear friend and former American president Bill Clinton. More recently, the Presidency of South Africa purchased prints from Marc, as gifts for all the dignitaries who attended President Jacob Zuma’s 2014 inauguration.
Marc exhibits locally in South Africa where he is considered one of the countries emerging investment artists, and abroad with a substantial international following of collectors.
After a sojourn in charity work and helping the vulnerable and destitute in the inner city of Pretoria, Marc re-embarked on a fulltime career as an artist and freelance exhibitions curator.
His interest in art started when as a young child, he discovered an ability to replicate on canvas with accuracy what he saw in nature. In December 1994 he started a seven year career as the Museum Technologist at the Pretoria Art Museum and within two weeks began a reproduction of a 17th Century Dutch Master’s painting. Since that time he has made near perfect replicas of some great pieces. It was also during this time that he started a work amongst orphans and vulnerable street children, using art as a medium for healing. This turned into a very successful not-for-profit organization called ‘The Tshwane Art Kids’ which brought healing and restoration to many African children.
Marc works mostly in oils in the style of the traditional realists, beginning his paintings in Grisaille and then finishing with Hyper-realism. He also enjoys combining the art of gilding and texturing into his paintings. He prefers to paint recognizable objects or elements that can be observed in nature and he aims always to capture and express subjects and themes about our world and the human condition, especially those themes that challenge the indifferent way we sometimes live.
Artist Prints: Many of Marc’s artworks are available as fine art digital prints. Professionally photographed and printed on large format inkjet printers, these prints are limited edition numbered bottom left and signed bottom right. The paper used is 320g Hahnemuhle archival watercolour paper or Van Gogh cotton canvas. The process employs fade resistant, HP Vivera archival inks, which boast a 100+ year fade-proof guarantee.
These prints are also available in varying sizes. The paper prints are sold plastic wrapped on an acid-free foamcore backing board. The prints on canvas can be provided stretched or rolled in a core for easy transporting. The canvas print is treated with a high quality scratch resistant matt art-sealant. Directly behind the stretched canvas print is a fixed board which gives the frame rigidity, prevents warping and ensures the frame hangs flush against the wall. Large frames are cross braced to further prevent warping.
Gallery Representation: Some of Marc’s artworks are sold out of his studio, directly to buyers, but he has found that having a strong representation amongst established galleries and agencies, has been beneficial. In December 2015 The Studio Art Gallery, of which Marc is a co-owner, situated at the new art center on Imhoff Farm in Kommetjie, opened its doors to the public. In addition to a good representation of Marc’s artwork this gallery also represents a select group of other artists, including South Africa’s top landscape painter Donna McKellar.
Online Platforms: Besides this website, you will also find Marc’s artwork represented by various selling platforms that have a respectable online profile.