“Mars” has been doing urban contemporary art for nearly ten years and has beautified many of Johannesburg’s otherwise dull and seemingly boring streets. Mars grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa. His first experience with graffiti was in 2004 when he saw it in an international publication. He started experimenting in attempts to simulate the New York street style of the time.
In recent years the artist has become more grounded in his work, experimenting with different forms of art. Building up and outward from a traditional graffiti art foundation, and delving into the world of fine art, illustration and graphic design. Graduating with a Multi-media Degree at Greenside Design Center in 2010. In 2013 and 2015 he won “Best Graffiti Artist” at the South African Hip Hop Awards and had his 1st solo exhibition at Two by Two Art Studio the same year.
He is also one out of four in the highly prolific graffiti crew, Demolition Squad. The crew has become a household name for many fans, young and old alike. They won the “Graffiti Crew of the Year” award at the 2012 South African Hip Hop Awards, released a seasonal range with S.A clothing label Butan and continue to produce first-class graffiti.
The underground art world is more than familiar with his work and reputation as a prolific and dedicated artist. The work is constant and of high quality. It is meticulously detailed, neat, presentable and conceptual. Mars can do rigid corporate sign writing style or full force creative expressionistic graffiti. His skills are well rounded with a sharp eye for detail that only comes after a decade of experience.
2009 Hype Magazine “Graffiti artist of the year” runner up. 2009 My Culture Resurrection Jam “Best graffiti” winner.
2010 My Culture Resurrection Jam “Best graffiti” runner up. 2012 Back To The City Freedom Day Festival “Best graffiti
pillar” winner. 2013 & 2015 South African Hip Hop Awards “Best Graffiti artist” winner. 2013 Cool Runnings “420
Graffiti Comp” judge. 2014 & 2015 Sprite “Uncontainable” graffiti judge.
Local Newspapers: Northcliff Melville Times, Randburg Sun, Fourways Review, The Times & The Sunday Times, The Sowetan, The Citizen, Mail & Guardian, City Press, The Star, The Independent, The Daily Rapport, The Daily Sun.
Magazines: Hype magazine, Blaque Magazine, Balcans Magazine (Europe), Not Guilty Magazine (Europe), Road Kill Magazine, Tjil magazine, Jozi Beat, My Culture, Way Magazine, Man Magazine, BA High Life, Juice Magazine, khuluma magazine, In Your Pocket Magazine.
Books: Two editions “Post Box” annual book, “Systematic Demolition” book (Germany), Graffiti South Africa book.
Work featured and/or interviews on: youtube.com facebook.com Instagram.com flickr.com (work and interviews used on numerous graffiti and street art pages on social media) jhblive.co.za mahala.co.za graphotism.com artcrimes.com paintingthetownred.co.za robotswillkill.com graffitisouthafrica.co.za deviantart.com streetfiles.org fatcap.com 12ozprophet.com ghettorespect.blogspot.com bigchillblog.tumblr.com artwarnedtheworld.com tagsandthrows.com bombingscience.com way magazine.co.za globalstreetart.com elrincondelasboquillas.com graffitinos.com whotalking.com intergraff.com between10and5.com
Radio Interviews: Radio 702, Y-Fm, Jacaranda Fm, Metro Fm, Kasi Fm, Alex Fm, Jozi Maboneng Radio, UJ Fm, Tuks Fm, VOW Fm, UCT Radio, Rhodes Music Radio, 906 Fm.
Television Interviews: DTV, Pop Up Tv, Ed Tv, Shiz Niz, Soweto Tv, MTV Base, Morning Live, ETV News, Mzanzi Choice,
Travel: Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town. International artworks were done in Paris, London, Dublin, Bulgaria as well as Nigeria, Botswana and Mozambique.
Solo Exhibitions: 2013 “From the ground up” Debut Solo Show at Two by Two Art Studio. 2015 “Vivacity” Solo Show at Grayscale Gallery.
Joint exhibitions: Absa Gallery, Spark Gallery, Grayscale Gallery, Two by Two Art Studio, Odd Cafe, Ritual Concepts, Munks Concepts.
Scholarly: Numerous interviews for Art and Design college students and projects. As well as workshops and public talks. Features for numerous graffiti documentaries by Afda and Wits film students. Interviews for different graffiti related thesis`.