“Alluring and dreamy…Shasha evokes the Pre-Raphaelites”
– The New York Times
Mark Shasha is an award-winning American artist, author, educator and actor. His work has appeared in museums, galleries and publications around the world for more than 40 years.* His books have been read by millions.
Upon graduating from RISD in 1983 Shasha honed his skills illustrating for the Boston Phoenix, The Globe and other publications. His first children’s book, “Night of the Moonjellies” (Simon&Schuster, 1992) received a Marion Vannett Ridgway Honor Award and Smithsonian Magazine welcomed it as “a classic.”
His books led to invitations to schools where he delighted hundreds of thousands of children with his stories, songs and drawings. In recognition of his “outstanding contribution to the education of young people” Shasha was given the Shining Star Award by The Children’s Museum of Southeastern Connecticut.
Meanwhile, Shasha’s painting work expanded to art residencies and workshops nationwide from Cape Ann Plein Air, The Forgotten Coast, Easton Plein Air to The Great Texas Paint out. His subjects are usually the light and textures of nature which he approaches in a traditional style blending oil painting techniques of 19th and 20th century masters.
Mark is an elected member of The Guild of Boston Artists, The Copley Society and North Shore Arts Association and other institutions. He has won numerous awards for his landscape and figurative painting including The Alden Bryan Memorial Award for Excellence in Landscape Painting which was awarded to Shasha twice in one year.
Shasha also appears on stage as an actor, singer, guitar player or all of the above. Recent productions include Best of Broadway, The Miracle Worker, Twelve Angry Men and Willy Wonka.