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Mark Nader

My work has always confronted the figurative representation of the clinical, desolate, one-dimensional virtual worlds of computer games and Massively Multiplayer Online games (MMOG) such as Second Life and Minecraft, with their rudimentary proportions and limited colour palettes, as well as looking at how we portray ourselves, via what we upload, ‘like’ and ‘pin’ online, on social media sites such as Facebook, Pinterest and Tumblr.
My family background is of vital significance - my own heritage is of half Mexican and half British origin, a meeting of two very different cultures. Within the structure of the paintings, I can form a narrative of sorts between these two cultures. My collaging technique, using digital images from all over the internet indicates an overconsumption of media, leading to a (mis)understanding of both cultures. I see the resulting paintings as a melting pot of the endless stream of online images with which we are bombarded every day, with strange creatures being born of my naive understanding of Aztec and Nahuatl deities, and mismatched cross-cultural objects.

Solo Shows 

2013
- #Something, J Space, 798, Beijing, China 

2010 
- Second Rate Living, Studio One, London

Group Shows 

2014
- Painted Realities, Hanmi Gallery, London 

2013
- HOT-ONE-HUNDRED, Schwartz Gallery, London

2011 
- Cryptic, The Crypt Gallery London
Contemporary, Pimlico, Dolphin Square, London 

2009 
- Open, Studio One, Wandsworth Arts Festival, London
Actual Size, Studio One, Wandsworth Open House, London

2008 
- Leaden Hall Art Fair, London

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

2014
- 100 Painters of Tomorrow by Kurt Beers, Thames and Hudson 
- Painted Realities Review by Tim Baggott

2010 
- Knack, Mark Nader’s ‘A Space To Create’

2009 
- Jotta, ‘Second Rate Living’

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