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Mark Greenfield

Mark Greenfield was born in Los Angeles, California in 1951 to a military family; a factor that would be of considerable importance in his development as an artist. Living in Taiwan and Germany, he was exposed to both eastern and western art and philosophy at an early age and these experiences have had profound influence on him ever since. He attended California State University at Long Beach, graduating in 1973 with a bachelors degree in Art Education. He later earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from California State University at Los Angeles in painting and drawing. Over the past twenty-five years he has established a reputation as both a designer and a fine artist, having exhibited extensively in the Southern California area. His most notable exhibition entitled "Crenshaw Consciousness" chronicled the artist, musicians, poets, dancers and eccentrics that live in the Leimert Park area of Los Angeles. In recent years he has become a student of genealogy and was the president of the California African American Genealogical Society in 1992-93. Currently he is working on a body of paintings which he calls "The Banner Series" centered around his research and nineteenth century photographs of his relatives.

He was the recipient of a Golden State Mutual Life Insurance Company scholarship as well as a House of Seagrams scholarship. He has served on the Board of Brockman Gallery and is a current member of the Boards of the Los Angeles Art Association and the Watts Theatre Company. He was a founding member of the Black Creative Professionals Association and serves on numerous committees and community councils. Presently he is the director of the Watts Towers Arts Center.

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