Mark Paul Deren a.k.a. MADSTEEZ is a multi-faceted artist and designer. He is known for his vibrant, large-scale and multi-layered paintings.
Madsteez was born blind in his left eye and given three first names (Mark Paul Deren). He grew up on the outskirts of Washington DC where he encountered the graffiti and street art culture.
In his paintings, strange and familiar figures are integrated into abstract landscapes. As for his effusive graffiti-style posters of a grinning, bulbous head named Mr. Ween and human-animal hybrids that Mr. Deren calls Ween!mals – they are pasted onto dumpsters, stairwells and billboards in New York, Los Angeles and Seattle.
“I kind of have a formula, like background, portrait, there’s a format, a sequence to the way I paint which simplifies it for me so I know how to go from Point A to Point B. I don’t have three months to spend on one painting. It would take longer to take a roller of white and paint the whole wall white like you’re painting your house than to do a mural on the wall.”
– Madsteez, Widewalls.ch