Marc Alexander was born in Pretoria, but now lives with his wife and four children in Cape Town.
After a sojourn in charity work and helping street waifs, Marc has re-embarked on a fulltime career as an artist and freelance gallery curator.
His interest in art started when as a young child, Marc discovered an ability to replicate on canvas with accuracy what he saw in nature. He has been doing commissions ever since. In December 1995 he started a seven year career at the Pretoria Art Museum and within two weeks began a reproduction of a 17th Century Dutch Master’s painting. Since that time he has made near perfect replicas of some great pieces. It was during this time that Marc started a work amongst orphans and vulnerable street children, using art as a medium for healing. This turned into a very successful not-for-profit organization called ‘The Tshwane Art Kids’ which brought healing and restoration to thousands of African children.
Marc works mostly in oils in the style of the traditional realist. After seeing a vision of the completed work, he then breaks the image up into layers and painstakingly paints each until perfection is reached. He prefers to paint recognizable objects or elements that can be observed in nature and aims always to capture and poetically express subjects and themes about our world and the human condition, especially those things that cause us great joy or great sorrow.
In the past few years, Marc has caused a sensation in the art world, especially with his large portraits of Nelson Mandela. These are so lifelike and expressive that they caught the attention of the late Alf Kumalo – one of South Africa’s most famous photographers and personal friend of Nelson Mandela, who has shared with us his incredible journey to freedom that South Africa has experienced with his many iconic scenes of the anti-Apartheid struggle. Alf opened Marc’s exhibition entitled “Legacy” at Art Afrique Gallery in March 2012. In December 2012 the exhibition was showcased again at the Studio Gallery in Kalk Bay to honour the life of Alf Kumalo.