We had the good fortune of connecting with Mark Zimmermann and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Mark, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
For me, the biggest change was becoming a Father. Suddenly, my priority wasn’t my work in the studio, it was my little girl. That said, with discipline, I’ve managed to handle the responsibilities & I actually believe it’s made me a better artist. 

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m a self-taught artist, arriving at visual art through literature. I started painting at the age of 26, after publishing poems, short stories & essays. In time, I made a greater commitment to painting.

The NYC art world in the 90’s was very different than today’s world of social media. You were on your own- mentorship of any kind was hard to come by, if you were outside the academy. In time, I managed to enjoy friendships with veteran artists, most notably, Robert Kingston, James Little, Pat Lipsky & Ron Gorchov. Their influence helped pave a way forward.
Professionally speaking, it’s all about making the work, but with that comes taking the time to really think about your art & the work of other artists.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Given the the age of COVID, it’s a tough question, but let’s look back on to more vivid, happier times in NYC. Central Park & brunch at Cafe Luxembourg. Walking the city… Dinner at Old Homestead Steakhouse. The Metropolitan Museum (on numerous occasions). MOMA . dinner at The Modern. Exploring Riverside Park, Dinner at The Pier. A tour of Chelsea galleries & a walk on The Highline. I could go on & on, but it’s NYC…

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would dedicate any of my success to my Wife & Daughter. Their support & patience power all of my endeavors…

Website: www.markzimmermann.net
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Image Credits
Mark Zimmermann Guido Venitucci Luis Quintero

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