Largely self-taught in a number of creative disciplines — a former Pulitzer-prize nominated political cartoonist, illustrator and recording artist, 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, continuing his studies with local realist painters Robert Liberace, Natasha Mokina, Danni Dawson and Ellen Zelano.
His award-winning paintings of cheap plastic toys, portraits and political caricatures, combine 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.
He had his first solo exhibition at Susan Calloway Fine Arts in Georgetown in 2016, and is presently working on paintings for a second solo show there scheduled for October 2018 on the autobiographical theme of rock’n’roll.
A selection of his work is exclusively represented in the metropolitan DC area by Susan Calloway Fine Arts, 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 (http://www.reverbnation.com/markgiaimo)
He lives in Arlington, VA with his lovely wife, Uasma Khan, and their French bulldogs, Louis and Caspar.
Photo courtesy Uasma Khan