Mar was born in Mexico and lives and works in Miami, Florida. He received his BFS from California College of the Arts, San Francisco. Mar attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Skowhegan, Maine and earned his MFA from Florida International University in 2012. Mar has participated in the Bronx Museum International Residency Program, the Banff Residency in Canada, and the ISCP Residency in New York. He was the recipient of the Andy Warhol Foundation Wavemaker grant, a Pollock-Krasner grant, and South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship. Recent Solo exhibitions include, Excess of Sleep Produces Monsters at David Castillo Gallery, Miami Beach and Man of the Night at Locust Projects, Miami.
Pepe Mar excavates the ritual narratives inherent in secondhand stores, science fiction, celebrity, commercial design, and social media to create abstract and anthropomorphic barmometers of contemporary culture. His rich, experimental process recalls the history of assemblage and painting. The artist's work is committed to a personal and universal exploration of cultural alienation.