Mark Staff Brandl, an artist and art historian of the venticento, was bornÂ mid novecento in 1955 near Chicago, where he lived for many years. He has lived primarily in Switzerland since 1988. He studied art, art history, literature and theory at the University of Illinois, Illinois State University, Columbia Pac University, and received his Ph.D. in Art HistoryÂ magna cumÂ laude from the University of Zurich in 2011.
He is an associate professor of art history and painting at the Kunstschule Liechtenstein and Higher Technical College for Art, St.Gallen Switzerland. Brandl is active internationally as an artist since 1980, has won various awards, had many publications and had numerous exhibitions.
His shows include galleries and museums in the US, Switzerland, Germany, France, Italy, Egypt, the Caribbean; specific cities include Paris, Moscow, Basel, Chicago, Los Angeles and New York. As a critic, he is a contributor to Londonâ€™sÂ The Art BookÂ is Theory Editor for Chicago’sÂ ProximityÂ magazine, a Contributing Editor for New Yorkâ€™sÂ Art in AmericaÂ and has been the Continental European Bureau for theÂ Bad at SportsÂ podcast since 2006.
He is also the curator of The Collapsible Kunsthalle. Works of his have been acquired by the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Victoria and Albert Museum in London, The Whitney Museum in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the St. Gallen Art Museum, The Thurgau Museum of Fine Art, The E.T.H. Graphic Collection in Zurich, The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, the International Museum of Cartoon Art, the Art Museum Olten and others.