Mark Stafford lives and works in New York City and was born in 1978. He grew up in Anchorage, Alaska, and went to undergraduate school in Tucson, Arizona. Extreme environments impressed upon him the incredible vastness of nature and the rigid orders it holds over our destiny. These concrete localities tuned his mind to a deeper connection to existence and the feedback loop that we engage in as both its inhabitants and co-creators.  He earned an MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and has exhibited his work nationally and internationally including the Yellowstone Museum of Art, Ground Floor Gallery, Slag Gallery, Socrates Sculpture Park in New York, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, Vivid in the UK and Open Art in Beijing,