Largely self-taught in a number of creative disciplines: a former Pulitzer-prize nominated and award-winning political cartoonist, illustrator and singer/guitarist/songwriter, 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. 

Whether painting still lifes of cheap plastic toys, portraits of friends,city landsape and plein air paintings, or political caricatures, Mr. Giaimo mixes the mundane with the sacred, 19th century painting techniques with contemporary pulp and graphic illustration, that is both an homage and satire to the past and present.

A selection of his work is exclusively represented in the metropolitan DC area by Susan Calloway Fine Arts in Georgetown, and online with the Fraser Gallery.

When he is not painting or drawing, he has been known to perform his self-penned tunes on the unsuspecting public ( (

He lives in Arlington, VA with his lovely wife, Uasma Khan, and their French bulldog, Louis.

Photo courtesy Uasma Khan