Pepe Mar


Born in 1977 in Reynosa, Mexico, lives and works in Miami, FL


2012                MFA, Florida International University, Miami, FL

2011                Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME

2000                BFA, California College of Arts and Crafts, San Francisco, CA

1999                Ècole d’Art, Aix-en-Provence, France


2021                Solo Exhibition, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tucson, AZ (forthcoming)                       

2019                Solo Exhibition, The Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh, PA (forthcoming)

2017                Man of the Night, Locust Projects, Miami, FL

2016                Excess of Sleep Produces Monsters, David Castillo Gallery, Miami Beach, FL


2015                Versus, Miami, FL (The Andy Warhol Foundation/Cannonball Wavemaker Grant project)

2014                Parco dei Mostri, DiverseWorks, Houston, TX

2013                The Transorientalist, J. Johnson Gallery, Jacksonville, FL
                        A Claw For An Eye, Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Chicago, IL
                        Pepe Mar 2005-2013, Young at Art Museum, Davie, FL
                        The Eye, The Vessel, and The Spell, David Castillo Gallery, Miami, FL
                        Baby Dragon, P-R-I-M-E-T-I-M-E, Brooklyn, NY

2010                 Time Bomb: Extended Version, curated by Melissa Diaz, Miami Design District, FL
                        Time Bomb, David Castillo Gallery, Miami, FL
                        9 Solos, Meet Me at the Underground (Starring Quentin Crisp), The Moore Building, Miami, FL

2008                Who Needs Guitars Anymore?, White Flag Projects, St. Louis, MO
                        Raw Sewage, David Castillo Gallery, Miami, FL

2007                Shock Treatment, Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, FL
                        Pandemonium, The Art Gallery at Government Center, Miami, FL

2006                My Mirrors, David Castillo Gallery, Miami, FL
                        Hunga Bunga, Freight + Volume, New York, NY

2005                To Hell and Back Again, Nada Art Fair, Locust Projects, Miami, FL
                        Guanajuato, Rocket Projects, Miami, FL

2002                You Better Be Pretty, Ambrosino Gallery, North Miami, FL

2001                I Live Here Now, “It Can Change,” San Francisco, CA

2000                Don’t Breathe Too Deep, Techoa Bruce Gallery, CCAC, San Francisco, CA



2019 Florida Prize in Contemporary Art, Orlando Museum of Art , Orlando , FL
Big Ringer , Andrew Edlin Gallery , New York , NY
Echo-Natures – Cannibal Desire , Little Haiti Cultural Complex , Miami Fl

2018                Deconstruction: A reordering of life, politics, and art, The Frost Art Museum, Miami, FL
                       In terms of collage, David Castillo Gallery, Miami Beach, FL

2017                South Florida Cultural Consortium Exhibition, Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, FL

                       Bochinche, Creative Misunderstandings Performance series, Faena Forum, Miami Beach, FL
                       No burden as heavy, David Castillo Gallery, Miami Beach, FL


2016                Two Years of Looking, New Arts Project, Curated by Erik Hanson, London, UK
                       Woven, Deutsche Bank, 60 Wall Gallery, New York, NY


2015                100+ Degrees in the Shade, A Survey of South Florida, Miami, FL
                        Philodendron: From Pan-Latin Exotic to American Modern, The Wolfsonian-FIU, Miami Beach, FL

                        DCG Summer Show, David Castillo Gallery, Miami Beach, FL

2014                Thirty Years On the Road, Art Center of South Florida, Miami Beach, FL
                        Amerika, David Castillo Gallery, Miami, FL

                        Metabolic Bodies, David Castillo Gallery, Miami, FL

2013                Discover Gallery permanent installation, Frost Art Museum, Miami, FL
                       Annual Interest No. 1, Young At Art Museum, Davie, FL          

2012                Dark Flow Lurking, David Castillo Gallery, Miami, FL         
                       This and That: Unconventional Selections from the Permanent Collection, The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, Miami, FL
                       Discrepant Modernism, The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, Miami, FL
                       Texas National 2012, curated by Dave Hickey, The Cole Art Center, Stephen F. Austin University, Nacogdoches, TX
2011                Reformation 2011, Old County Jail, Skowhegan, ME  
                       GOLDMINE: Works from the Collection of Sirje and Michael Gold, University Art Museum, California State University, Long Beach, CA
2010                The Maginot Line, curated by Dennis Scholl, David Castillo Gallery
                        Double Take, Miami Design District, FL
                        Mystic Visage, World Class Boxing: Debra & Dennis Scholl Collection, Miami, FL
                        Gallery Projects, David Castillo Gallery, Miami, FL
                        Spreading the Influence, Olin Art Gallery, Kenyon College, OH

2009                Heads Up, curated by Michael O. Gold, Domestic Setting, Los Angeles, CA
                        TIME + TEMP: Surveying the shifting climate of current painting in South Florida, Hollywood Art and Culture Center, Hollywood, FL
                        Set to Manual, Girls' Club, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
                        CUT: The Makings of Removal, Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art, Chaffey College, San Bernardino, CA
                        Pivot Points 3, Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, FL
                        Express Yourself: International Pow Wow, Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Miami, FL
                        Gallery Projects, David Castillo Gallery, Miami, FL
                        NEW/NOW: New Painting & Drawing, The Schoolhouse Gallery, Provincetown, MA
                        Fourth All-Media Juried Biennial, Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, FL
                        BEAUTIFUL/DECAY: A TO Z, Kopeikin Gallery, West Hollywood, CA


2008                Troglodytes see better in the dark, David Castillo Annex
                        Under the Influence, Girl’s Club, curated by Michelle Weinberg, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
                        Selections from the Permanent Collection, Miami Art Museum
                        Refraction, loop gallery, Berlin, Germany
                        Glogauer Residency, Berlin, Germany
                        Cut, Vincent Price Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA

2007                Expanded Painting, curated by Paco Barragan & Nina Arias, Miami, FL
                        Reverie + Revolt: contemporary collage, ArtCenter/South Florida, Miami
                        Real Time, David Castillo Gallery, Miami, FL
                        All Is Well That Begins Well and Has No End, Eighty WSE Gallery, New York
                        Summer Residency exhibition, Cooper Union, New York, NY
                        All Media Juried Biennial, Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, FL
                        CCA at 100: Alumni Looking Forward, Braunstein/Quay Gallery, San Francisco

2006                Destroy this City, David Castillo Gallery, Miami, FL
                        Native Seeds, Art Center South Florida, Miami Beach, FL
                        Searching for Love & Fire, David Castillo Gallery, Miami, FL

2005                La Frontera, Gescheidle,Chicago ,IL
                        For Everyone and No One, Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, FL
                        Op-ish, Samson Projects, Boston, MA
                        Labyrinth, The Newton Building, Curated by Tyler Emerson, Miami, FL

2004                Animal Farm, Rocket Projects, Miami, FL
                        Piñata Party, Gavin Brown Enterprise, Organized by “It Can Change,” New York, NY
                        Visions of Now, J. Johnson Gallery, Jacksonville, FL
                        Young Miami, Annina Nosei Gallery, New York, NY
                        Delinquent Boys, Plush Gallery, Dallas, TX
                        Drawing Conclusions 2, Rocket Projects, Miami, FL
                        Miami in N.Y., Budman Studios, New York, NY
                        The Stray Show, Worm Hole Laboratory, Chicago, IL
                        The Skull Show, Hanna Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
                        If You Believe Hard Enough, Rocket Projects, Miami, FL
                        By the Woods, Miami Light Project, Miami FL
                        Dirty South, Worm Hole Laboratory, Miami, FL

2003                Pepelandia, Rectangle Space, Miami, FL
                        Haunted, Worm Hole Laboratory, Miami, FL
                        Butt Seriously, The Moore Space, Curated by Aja Albertson, Miami, FL
                        Gilligan’s Island, Ambrosino Gallery, North Miami, FL
                        Muestra 2, Adriana Schmidt Gallery, (Stuttgart, Germany) World Trade Center, Mexico
                        Shadow Cabinets, Kunstall Fridericianum, Organized by “It Can Change,” Germany
                        Cut and Paste 2, Ambrosino Gallery, North Miami, FL
                        Of Off Painting, Buick Building, Miami Design District, FL

2002                Art Basel Miami Beach, Ambrosino Gallery (North Miami, FL), Miami Beach, FL
                        Stomping Grounds I, ACSF, Curated by Carolina Salazar, Miami Beach, FL
                        The No Show Against Discrimination, Frederic Snitzer Gallery, Coral Gables, FL
                        Slide Jam, Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL

2001                Tent, Locust Projects, Miami, FL
                        Face 2 Face 2 Face, Pond Space, Organized by “It Can Change,” San Francisco, CA

2000                Point of Departure, Mission Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA
                        Jardin, Curated by Chris Perez, San Francisco, CA

1999                All College Honors, Oliver Art Center, CCAC, Oakland, CA

“Deconstruction: A Reordering of Life, Politics and Art”, Luxe Beat Magazine, May 2018.
Stapley-Brown, Victoria. “Inside the artist’s studio”, The Art Newspaper, December 6, 2017.
Rivera, Fredo. “How Queers and Latinos Helped Make Miami an Art Capital”, Advocate, December 4, 2017.
“Wonder Emporium”, Miami Magazine, December 2017 Issue.
“Entre Obras en el Tropico”, Destino Mundo Vogue, November 2017.
Uszerowicz, Monica. “When Artists Carry the Burden of History”, Hyperallergic, August 20, 2017.
Tschida, Anne. “If you’re interested in the art of here & now, you need to see this show”, Miami Herald, July 6, 2017.
Kleinman, Rebecca. “Passion Project”, Modern Luxury Magazine, July/August 2017.
Santino, Sini. “Pepe Mar: Excess of Sleep Produces Monsters”, The Miami Rail, Winter 2016.
Mason, Isabella. “Pepe Mar at David Castillo Gallery, Miami”, Blouin Art Info, November 3, 2016.
“The Politics of Weaving: Xaviera Simmons’ Exhibition “Woven” at 60 Wall Gallery”, Art Mag, July 2016.
Rosen, Miss. “Exotic to American Modern: How one Latin American plant inspired a movement in Western art and culture”, Crave, December 7, 2015.
Larsen, Christian A. “Philodendron: From Pan-Latin Exotic to American Modern”, catalogue, The Wolfsonian – FIU, October 2015. Print.
McCaughan, Sean. “The Wolfsonian is Building an Immersive Jungle in its Lobby,” Curbed Miami, September 23, 2015.
Levin, Jordan. "Cannonball Miami awards its Wavemaker grants," The Miami Herald, February 19, 2015.
Artsy Editorial. “A Group Show Considers Kafka’s ‘Amerika’ and Otherness in Art,” Artsy, 2014.
Tommaney, Jim J. “Pepe Mar: Parco dei Mostri (Park of Monsters) – A Trip Down Memory Lane,” HoustonPress, September 25, 2014.
Glentzer, Molly. “Pepe Mar Brings his Wunderkrammer to DiverseWorks,” Houston Chronicle Arts & Theatre, September 2014.
Matos, Dennys. “Metabolic Bodies una reflexion en torno a practices artisticas,” El Nuevo Herald, May 3, 2014.
Tschida, Anne. “Pepe Mar’s cabinets of wonder,” Knight Arts, April 2, 2013.
Albritton, Laura. “Dressing Up Sculpture: A Conversation with Pepe Mar,” Sculpture Magazine, April 2013.
Matos, Dennys, “Pepe Mar: reapropiación de la iconografía Mexicana,” El Nuevo Herald. March 26, 2013.
Batet, Janet. "'This and That': La sociedad a traves del arte contemporaneo," el Nuevo Herald, October 12, 2012.
Brillson, Leila, "10 Rising Miami Artists To Start Collecting Now", Refinery 29, April 11, 2012. 
Brereton, Richard, Cut & Paste, 21, Laurence King Publishing, London, October 2011.
Velez, Pedro, "Michael Wynne: True Collecting," Artnet, April 2011.
Gonzalez, Victor, "Pop Goes the Apocalypse," Miami New Times, October 2010.
Wagoner, Gretchen, "Behind the Facade at World Class Boxing," Artslant.com, October 2010.
Dougher, Colleen, "Fresh Art," CityLink Magazine, June 23, 2010.
Batet, Janet, "Arte, ilusion y otros delirios cotidianos," El Nuevo Herald, May 2010.
Mills, Michael, "The Girls' Club Exhibition 'Set to Manual' Celebrates the Human Touch," The Broward-Palm Beach New Times, December 2009.
Dougher, Colleen, "Worth the Effort," Metromix, October 2009.
Suarez de Jesus, Carlos, “Wynwood Wonder,” Miami New Times, May 27, 2009.
Albritton, Laura, "Miami: Sculpture in the Pleasure Dome", Sculpture Magazine, December 2008, pp. 20-21.
Chen, Scarlet, “The Joy of Paperwork”, LA Times, October 26, 2008, p. F4.
New American Paintings, Open Studios Press, no. 76, June/July 2008, vol. 13, issue 3, pp. 120-123.
Davidow, Julie & Paul Clemence, Miami Contemporary Artists, Schiffer Publishing, Ltd., 2007.
Asper, Colleen, “Pepe Mar,” Beautiful/Decay, issue T, August 2007, pp. 66- 73.
Soler, Eileen, “Playful paintings tell a story,” Miami Herald, Broward edition.
Johnson, Ken, "Hunga Bunga review," New York Times, August 11, 2006, p. B28The Brooklyn Rail, Art Basel Miami Beach 2006.
Weinberg, Michelle, Native Seeds, LegalArt grant finalists, ArtCenter South Florida exhibition catalogue, June 2006.
Buck, Luisa, “The Satellite Fair Comes of Age,” The Art Newspaper, Dec. 2005
Workman, Michael, “Border Patrol,” New City Chicago, 2005
Fontana, Lilia, “About Collections and Collectors,” Arte al Dia, 2004
Babcock, Mark, “Delinquent Boys,” Glasstire, Oct. 2004
Moreno, Gean, “If You Believe Hard Enough,” Art US, Oct. 2004
Martin, Marisol, “Art Chicago,” Art Nexus, Oct. 2004
Sommereys, Omar, "Electric Kool-Aid Overload," The Street, April 2004
Suarez de Jesus, Carlos, “Art Capsules,” The New Times, March 2004
Turner, Elisa, “Way Outside the Galleries,” The Miami Herald, Feb. 2004
Sirgado, Miguel, “Edge Zones,” El Nuevo Herald, Feb. 2004
Feinstein, Roni, “Expanding Horizons,” Art in America, Dec. 2003
Sirgado, M., “Muestras Paralelas de Downtown a Wynwood,” El Nuevo Herald, Dec. 2003
Hernandez, Amber, “Dark Days,” The Miami Hurricane, Dec. 2003
Triff, Alfredo, “Mortality Rules,” The New Times, Dec. 2003
Bayer, Brian, “South Florida Today,” PBS, Sept. 2003
Ocaňa, Damarys, “Cheeky Showing,” The Street, Aug. 2003
Turner, Elisa, “Galleries Put Focus On Home Grown Art,” The Miami Herald, Aug. 2003
Turner, E., “City Focus: Miami- A Dramatic Reinvention,” ARTnews, Feb. 2003
Ales, Reynaldo, “Arte y Aparte,” Travel and Leisure, Jan. 2003
Cotzee, Mark, Where Art is Happening, 2002
Ocaňa, Damarys, “Art Guide 2002,” The Street, Oct. 2002
Sultry, Lynn, “Newly Juried Artists,” Art on the Road, Summer 2000
Turner, Elisa, “As Reality Art, Tent Survives Camp Of Live-in Artist,” The Miami Herald, Sept. 2001


Frost Art Museum, Miami, FL
Florida International University, Miami, FL
Webster College, St. Louis, MO
Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL
Moore College of Art & Design, Philadelphia, PA
Painting & Drawing Lecture Series, California College of Arts, San Francisco, CA


2016                South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship for Visual and Media Artists

2015                Pollock-Krasner Award, New York, NY
                        ISCP, New York, NY
                        Cannonball WaveMaker Grant, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts,  Miami, FL
                        Benediktson Fellowship for International Artists, Banff, Canada
                        The Banff Centre Artist in Residency, Banff, Alberta, Canada

2013                The Bronx Museum International Residency Program

                        P-R-I-M-E-T-I-M-E, Brooklyn, NY

2007-2008        Deering Estate Residency, Miami, FL

2007                Summer Residency, Cooper Union, New York, NY


Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami, FL
The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, Miami, FL
MOLAA, Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, CA
Young at Art Children’s Museum, Davie, FL
Jereann Chaney, Houston, TX
Joel & Sherry Hope Mallin, New York, NY
Perez Art Museum Miami, Miami, FL
Solita Cohen de Mishaan, Miami, FL
Miami-Dade Public Library System, Miami, FL
Mickalene Thomas, New York, NY
Girls’ Club Foundation, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
The Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, Florida