Using a variety of resources and tools, such as video, plastic sheeting, popular music and kitsch DIY products, Leonardo Marz responds to the work of both peer artists and faceless companies.
Each of Marz's individual projects rely on the act of consuming someone else's art to make a new product. His work rethinks how he, as an artist, and the public engage with the media, commercial products, art, the music industry and fame.
Marz explores the blurring between the producer and consumer by illustrating how we participate in these interchangeable roles. In a culture that places high value on streamlining, efficiency, and mass appeal, where do we locate the individual within our society? Is the individual the producer, the consumer or both? When does the producer disappear into our greater culture?
Leonardo Marz was born in Zapopan, Jalisco in 1979. He has an MFA in New Media from the Transart Institute and Donau Universitšt in Krems, Austria. He has been a fellow of the Young Artists Program FONCA-CONACULTA (2009 and 2013), the Jumex Collection (2008), PECDA (2006, 2008 and 2010) and Bancomer-MACG Contemporary Art Program (2012). He has exhibited his work at the Biennale in Chechnya, the Bienal de YucatŠn, Palazzo delle Arti Napoli, Platform 06, South by Southwest, CMJ New York, CCS Bard Hessel Museum, Espace Pierre Cardin in Paris, Steve Turner Contemporary in LA, New Life Shop Gallery in Berlin, Chelsea and Sideshow Gallery Space Gallery in New York, Museum of Modern Art, Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, and Casa del Lago and Muca Roma in Mexico City. He has curated exhibitions and video programs for Transitio_MX04 and ONF, among others. He has completed residencies at The Museum of the Americas in Denver, Cleveland SPACES, PAN Program Studios Naples and Banff Centre in Canada.