Dzama sans titre arbres et feu Aquarelle sur papier 11 x 9 sold
Dzama sans titre les moutons Aquarelle sur papier 12 x 8 sold

Marcel Dzama

Marcel Dzama was born in Winnipeg in 1974. He co-founded the Royal Art Lodge in the mid 1990s with Michael Dumontier, Neil Farber, Drue Langlois, Jon Pylypchuk and Adrian Williams. The Royal Art Lodge (active from 1996 – 2008) gained international attention for collaboratively producing drawings, videos, paintings, dolls, comics, artist books and other art making activities. Dzama remained a member until moving to New York in 2004 at the urging of his dealer David Zwirner.

Dzama’s work is populated by a cast of reoccurring characters – bears, bats, and trees; masked assassins, military officers and acrobatic performers. In his drawings, painting, sculptures, installations and videos, ghostly girls and mongrel men clash and convulse in otherworldly scenes.  His colour pallet of murky browns, washed out greys and deepened reds has become instantly recognizable, as has his penchant for dark, even childlike humor which he uses to explore subjects as complex as the motivations behind acts of power, violence and erotica. Pulling influences from folk art, Dadaism and the landscape of his native Winnipeg, Dzama’s work is at once grotesque and alluring, provocative and playful.

Major solo shows have included Ikon Gallery in Birmingham, England; the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich, Germany; the Centre for Contemporary Art in Glasgow, Scotland & the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal. His work has been featured in numerous international exhibitions, at The Museum of Modern Art, New York (2009); at CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco (2009); at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia (2009); at The Museum of Modern Art, New York (2008); at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center and Kunst-Werke, Berlin, Germany (2007); at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York (2006). His work is in the collection of the Tate Museum, Museum of Modern Art, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Bass Museum of Art, the Centre Georges Pompidou, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Dallas Museum of Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, The Museum of Modern Art, the National Gallery of Canada, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, The Rhode Island School of Design Museum.