Largely self-taught in a variety of creative disciplines (political cartoonist, illustrator and songwriter/musician), Mark Giaimo enrolled in his first oil painting class in 2004. Within two years he was accepted into the Post-Baccalaureate Graduate Program at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, where he finished a semester before striking out on his own.

His still life paintings of cheap plastic toys and autobiographical narratives, combine the mundane with the sacred, 19th century painting techniques with contemporary pulp and graphic illustration, that are both an homage and satire to the past and present.

Photo courtesy Uasma Khan