Mark Lewis Wagner, MA, is an internationally known illustrator, painter, digital artist, author, and educator. He has worked with Pixar/Disney, the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, SpaceX, Target, Samsung, Oakland Museum, and the Oakland Zoo. With his master’s degree in the Arts, Mark specializes in visionary art, and has an in-depth understanding in the psychology of imagery, symbolism, mythology, shamanism, and storytelling. Wagner has created 2 self-published books, “Drawing on Earth: The Making of a World Record,” and “The Art of Being a Dad.
Mark discovered art early, keeping a sketchbook with his older brother of monsters and spaceships while growing up in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. His artist mom encouraged him to pursue art, and Mark earned his MA in Arts and Consciousness at the non-traditional JFK University in California and a BFA from Pratt Institute in New York.
His nonprofit Drawing on Earth has a Guinness World Record for the largest chalk drawing. They have drawn on 3 continents and have creatively worked with 30,000 kids and adults. He has taught in state prison, graduate school, digital art school, and elementary school. Mark was awarded a digital art NEA grant in the early 80’s. He teaches and works daily with Photoshop. Mark has created 5 pieces of art photographed by satellite, one being at Burning Man. He spends half the year in Oakland, CA, and the other half in his studio near Questa, New Mexico, and can sometimes be found exploring an abandoned psych hospital, and a decommissioned military base with the spirit of a dog known as Mr. Z.