Marcel Dzama was born in 1974 in Winnipeg, Canada, where he lives and works. Dzama received his B.F.A. in 1997 from the University of Manitoba. Since graduating, Dzama has been included in numerous group shows at venues including the Plug In Gallery, an alternative space in Winnipeg, and The Drawing Center in New York. In 1998, he had critically acclaimed solo shows at Richard Heller Gallery in Los Angeles, and David Zwirner Gallery in New York. He is a member of the collaborative art team, The Royal Art Lodge and plays in the band Albatross.
Dzama’s small, quirky drawings have caught the attention of many in the international art world over the past year. Los Angeles Times critic David Pagel described Dzama’s work as “simultaneously sweet and demented.” Dzama’s quirky cartoon-like drawings extend the trend in contemporary drawing of examining social narrative, exemplified by Mike Kelley, Raymond Pettibon and the late Martin Kippenberger.