Largely self-taught in a number of creative disciplines—a Pulitzer-prize nominated and award-winning political cartoonist and illustrator as well as a singer/guitarist/songwriter—Mark Giaimo enrolled in his first oil painting class in 2004. Within two years, he was accepted into the Post-Baccalaureate Graduate Program at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, where he finished a semester before striking out on his own.
Whether painting still lifes of cheap plastic toys, portraits of friends, cityscape and plein air paintings, or political caricatures, Giaimo mixes the mundane with the sacred and 19th-century painting techniques with contemporary pulp and graphic illustration. His art is both an homage to and satire of the past and present. His new paintings explore the mysterious pastimes of toys—their invisible struggles with life, death, and love.