Mark Schaller was born in Hamburg, West Germany in 1962 and lives and works in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
Mark Schaller studied fine arts at the Victorian College of the Arts after studying film at Swinburne, and had his first sell-out show at the age of twenty-one. He became a founding member of the renowned Roar Studios in the early 1980s. The group quickly established its enduring reputation as an influential movement that has since won its place in history as the sequel to the figurative expressionist tradition that began at Heide fifty years ago. Since then, Schaller has made his way in the world via his own hand, through painting, sculpture and printmaking.
Schaller has an abundant curiosity, and is highly inventive in his selection of materials and work practices. As Schaller describes, “when I paint, everything else becomes irrelevant; there’s no one to tell you what’s right or wrong. You can be irrational or rational, emotional or not emotional, sober or conservative. You can be all these things, as you feel.” Schaller provides us with his refreshing, often irreverent, tongue-in-cheek glimpse of ourselves through his vibrant, colourful works.
Career highlights have included successful solo exhibitions in Australia and abroad as well as the acquisition of his paintings and prints by major institutions such as The National Gallery of Australia, Canberra and The National Gallery of Victoria. His works are also included in many Regional and University Gallery collections. Prizes winnings include the Fishers Ghost Award, Campbelltown Gallery, winner of the inaugural Architeam architectural awards in 2005 and winner of the Mount Buller Art Prize, 2007.
1980 – 1982 Fine Arts, Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne
2018 Exit Art Gallery, Athens, Greece
2018 Qdos, Lorne
2017 Paintings of Phillip Island with Mic Turner, Sagra Gallery
2016 Paintings with Altitude, Mt Buller
2015 Homage to Hydra, Metro Gallery, Melbourne
2014 The Paris Sweet, Le Louvre
2018 Sculpture by the Sea, Lorne
2010 Erotica, James Makin Gallery, Melbourne
2010 Autumn Collection, James Makin Gallery, Melbourne
2009 Landcare, Ballarat Art Gallery
2006 Wildfire, Ballarat Art Gallery
2006 From the Furnace – Bronze Sculptures, Castlemaine Art Gallery
National Gallery of Victoria
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Grafton Regional Art Gallery
Latrobe University, Bundoora
Roar Collection, Melbourne
Tasmanian College Of Advanced Education, Launceston
Campbelltown Regional Gallery
City of Yarra, Melbourne
Lowensteins Arts Management, Melbourne
Ian Potter Museum of Art