Artist b. 1961 –
“Alluring and dreamy…Shasha evokes the Pre-Raphaelites”
– The New York Times
The award-winning work of Mark Shasha has been seen in museums, newspapers, books and magazines for 40 years. His paintings and prints are found in collections around the world. Millions have read his books including the classic, Night of the Moonjellies (Simon&Schuster, 1992).
Shasha began his career in the 1970’s as an illustrator for the Groton News and later the Boston Phoenix, The Globe, Boston Magazine and others
A love of drawing and telling stories led him to The Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) where instructors included renowned artists Chris Van Allsburg, Trent Burleson and Bauhaus colorist Seymour Sillman. His inspiration is often drawn from the light and textures of the North Atlantic coast in a traditional style which blends realism and impressionism. His work has been seen in more than 70 exhibitions from California to France and featured in The Maritime Museum of New London, Lyman Allyn Museum and New York Society of Illustrators.
Awards include The Antonio Cirino Award, The Alden Bryant Memorial Award, The Guild of Boston Artists Silver Medal, The Marion Vannett Ridgway Award for Children’s Literature and The Shining Star Award given by The Children’s Museum of Southeastern Connecticut for his “extraordinary contribution to the education of children.”
Shasha is an artist member of The Guild of Boston Artists, The Copley Society, North Shore Art Association and the Rockport Art Association and Museum.
Mark Shasha is represented by Bonnie Crane of the Crane Collection in Magnolia, MA., Roger Armstrong of State of the Art Gallery of Gloucester, MA, and Willoughby Fine Arts, Martha’s Vineyard.