Marcia Marx is a visual satirist. She was born in Newark, NJ and attended Yale University, School of Fine Arts.
In her paintings, drawings and sculpture there is a sense of the ridiculous and an eye for the bizarre and comedic elements in human experience. Her vividly colourful works are Felliniesque in tone and they reflect a strongly personal mastery of both her medium and her message.
After studying at Columbia and Yale, she lived and painted in Mexico City for more than a decade, which provided the ongoing inspiration for her visual imagery. She was the first woman and first North American artist to hold a one-person show at the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes. Time magazine called the exhibition a "smash hit."
Marx was one of the six artists featured in Cosmopolitan's report on Women Artists Today. (Others included were Louise Nevelson and Georgia O'Keeffe.)
She has worked in Israel, Paris and Rome and has had numerous exhibitions of her work. Her paintings are part of many public and private collections around the world.
Marcia Marx. Age 74, internationally renowned artist, passed away on May 3, 2005 in her beloved New York City.
When it was confirmed that Marcia Marx’s works would be exhibited at the Houston Holocaust Museum, the museum’s executive director, Susan Llanes-Myers exclaimed, "We are so pleased to have Marcia Marx’s art at out museum. Her work strikingly portrays a sense of remembrance, a core of our mission."
Art critic Donald Kuspit an art critic concurred, stating that her works "have a disturbing poignancy, not only because of their imagery but because of their intense physicality. Remembrance is Marx’s theme. Her works are saturated in memory... unsettling as well as consoling."