Mark Vasallo is best known for his mesmerizing Flowers photographs that captivate audiences with the dynamism they present and the tension that exists between the complexity and the simplicity of their beauty. He was born in 1971 in London, and while he was a student at St. Martins he came into contact with the ink paintings of the Chan monks who brought what would later become known as Zen Buddhism from China to Japan. It was in 1992 when he moved to Japan and found a temple to experience it at first hand. This is where his inspiration came from. Since then he has devoted his time to photography, creating unique pieces that have caught the attention of people all around the world. His work has been exhibited at various museums and galleries such as the Kaleidoscope Museum Kyoto, the National Portrait Gallery in London and Frederick Harris Gallery in Tokyo. Vasallo’s artworks have been celebrated in art fairs all around the world, including Art Expo New York, World Wide Art Los Angeles and Asia Contemporary. With his most recent work Flowers the artist not only attempts to visually represent the subject in front of his camera, but also attempts to transmit a direct experience of a flower, showing its function as well as the fleshiness of the petals with their individual texture and transparency. A remarkable display where the artist connects deeply with his subject, dissolving the illusion that separates the viewer from the viewed. No wonders why this incredible work has been published by Omoplata Japan.
1971 Born London
1992 Moved to Japan
1992 Cohn & Wolfe Award London
1999 Kiyosato Photo Art Museum Japan- Young Portfolio Award?
2008 Art Directors Club 87th Annual Awards New York- Merit Award???
2011 Taylor Wessing London– Elle Commendation
1996 Zeit Foto Salon
2008 Sin Aoyama
2011 Fireking Cafe
2013 Kaleidoscope Museum Kyoto - Kyotographie+
2015 Fireking Cafe, Frederick Harris Gallery , 530 Park Shibuya
2013 Art Expo New York, Asia Contemporary
2014 Affordable Art Hong Kong, Affordable Art Singapore, World Wide Art Los Angeles, Art San Diego
2015 Art Now Miami, Spectrum Miami, Affordable art Hong Kong, Affordable Art Singapore, Art Expo New York
1999 Kiyosato Photo Art Museum
2011 National Portrait Gallery, London
2015 PDNB Gallery Dallas (USA), Picture This Gallery (Hong Kong)
2014 Mark Vassallo FLOWERS published by Omoplata Japan
Cohn and Wolfe collection London
Kiyosato museum of photography
Various Private Collections