Mark Stasz is a nationally recognized artist known for dramatic outdoor sculptures and fountains. With a BFA in sculpture from Alfred University in New York, Stasz went on to apprentice with several artists in Chicago. Enjoying the challenge of creating an illusion with steel, bronze, wood and stone, he often makes the viewer wonder how the piece can possibly balance. His massive works seem suspended in air – heavy, round rocks or smooth steel rings stand still, almost floating.
Mark has made a substantial contribution to the world of contemporary sculpture. His works can be found in over 400 public and private collections across the country including: the Boise Art Museum; the Los Angeles Airport; Bend Country Club (Bend, Oregon); Diversified Shopping Centers (San Diego); Idaho Power headquarters (Boise); Upper Iowa University (Fayette, Iowa); Wilmette Medical Center (Wilmette, Illinois); and the YMCA Sculpture Garden (Los Angeles). Mark was born in Massachusetts. He has pursued his artistic career in New York, Chicago, and Idaho. In 2012, he relocated his studio to Cloverdale, CA. He is represented by Dovetail Collection Gallery, in Healdsburg, CA.
I am honored to create a tribute to Al Voigt during the second year of The Spirit of the Man exhibition. As a recent arrival in California, I did not know him personally, but instead I have gotten to know his essence through the tributes created for him by other artists and friends. Whether in science, art, business or community, I have come to understand Al Voigt as a man who had a brilliant mind with breakaway ideas. In Breakaway, I want to reflect the brilliance of the inventor and entrepreneur. As ideas are born in succession, the artwork unfurls. Each new idea reaches skyward in a moment of energy and exuberance.