“Alluring and dreamy…Shasha evokes the Pre-Raphaelites”
– The New York Times
The award-winning work of Mark Shasha has been seen in museums, newspapers, books and magazines for 40 years. His paintings and prints are found in collections around the world. Millions have read his picture books including the classic, Night of the Moonjellies.
Shasha began his career in the 1970’s as an illustrator for the Groton News and later the Boston Phoenix, The Globe, Boston Magazine and others. Simon & Schuster published his first books.
Mark attended RISD where instructors included renowned artists Chris Van Allsburg, Trent Burleson and Bauhaus colorist Seymour Sillman. His inspiration is often drawn from the light and textures of the richly varied North Atlantic coastline in a style which blends realism, luminism and impressionism.
Shasha’s work has been seen in more than 70 exhibitions from California to France and has appeared in The Maritime Museum of New London, Lyman Allyn Museum and New York Society of Illustrators.
Awards include The Antonio Cirino Award, The Guild of Boston Artists Silver Medal, The Marion Vannett Ridgway Award for Children’s Literature and The Shining Star Award given by The Children’s Museum of Southeastern Connecticut for his “extraordinary contribution to the education of children.”
Shasha is a full artist member of The Guild of Boston Artists, The Copley Society and North Shore Art Association; among the most venerable art organizations in America.
Mark is listed in the American Artists Bluebook and is represented by Bonnie Crane of the Crane Collection, Roger Armstrong of State of the Art Gallery, and Rick Willoughby of Willoughby Fine Arts, Martha’s Vineyard.
Mark Shasha lives in Swampscott, Massachusetts