Mark Leysen's work is an organic construct that alludes to physical space as imprinted on memory. The mark-making is both spontaneous in its immediacy, yet also melds with the more formal aspects of geometric forms. Within his work, color and rhythm are paramount in building surface tension and a sense of movement through the interaction of multiple spatial directions.
Born in Antwerp, Belgium, Mark Leysen has traveled over 10,000 miles throughout Western Europe and England. Leysen's art has been exhibited in California and Mexico in various group and solo exhibitions, including; the UCLA Hammer Museum, the San Bernardino Museum, the Laguna Art Museum, Orange County Museum of Art, the Irvine Fine Arts Center, Chapman University, Museo de Arte in Queretaro, Mexico, California State University at Fullerton, UC Irvine, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art ARS Gallery, Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana, the Long Beach Museum of Art, and the Fontana Art Depot. Leysen was also a past recipient of an artist-in-residence grant at the UCI Storefront Gallery in Irvine. He was First Place Winner in the 2017 Studio Islands Art Center Annual Exhibition.