MADSTEEZ : Mark Paul Deren
After being born blind in his left eye and given 3hree first names (Mark Paul Deren) MADSTEEZ is a multi-faceted artist/designer based in WEENSV!LLE, CA. Growing up on the outskirts of Washington DC, surrounded by nicknames and the oh so frequent game of biscuit, his HEYD!K sense of humor emerged.
As an artist, MADSTEEZ is known for his vivid, large-scale, multi-layered paintings, where strange and familiar figures are integrated into abstract landscapes. He has held solo exhibitions in New York City, Los Angeles, and Tokyo as well as group showings in London, Germany, Seattle, Portland, Vancouver, Calgary and Art Basel, Miami.
In 2006, under his moniker “”MADSTEEZ”", Deren made an exclusive content deal with cellular company Boost Mobile” offering its youth wireless customers an opportunity to own a piece of limited edition artwork on their Boost Mobile phone for a fraction of the gallery price.”
In 2010, he was commissioned by Nike to produce the 2010 FIFA World Cup Mural on top of the Montalban Theater in Hollywood, CA. Documented HERE.
His visual style has attracted clients such as Nike, Inc., Target Corporation, Red Bull, Boost Mobile, Honda, Boosted, Volkswagen, MCA Records, Interscope Records, Stüssy, Evisu, Ben Sherman, Capita Snowboards, Armada Skis, Rusty, Salomon, Lemonade Magazine, Wallin Surfboards, ActivEmpire, ActionSports Group, So Sweet Records, 411VM, Palace 5ive, and Bl!SSS Magazine.
Madsteez has received recognition in the following publications and websites: The New York Times, Flaunt, Dazed and Confused, Nylon (magazine), Black Book, Vapors, Paper (magazine), Mass Appeal, Death and Taxes, Time Out, Stuff (magazine), URB, Vice (magazine), Apparel News, AlternativePress, Happy, SG, Get On, XLR8R, Lemonade, OC Weekly, 411, Riviera, woostercollective.com, thefader.com, dorkmag.com, knowngallery.com, highsnobiety.com and boostedmobile.com