Mark Shasha is an award-winning American artist, author, educator and actor. His work has appeared in museums, galleries and dozens of publications around the world for more than 30 years. His books have been read by millions.*
Upon graduating from RISD in 1983 Shasha honed his skills illustrating for the Boston Phoenix, The Globe and other publications. His first children’s book, “Night of the Moonjellies” (Simon&Schuster, 1992) won a Marion Vannett Ridgway Honor Award and Smithsonian Magazine welcomed it as “a classic.” It continues to appear on bestseller lists 25 years later.
This success led to hundreds of school invitations where he delighted thousands of children with his stories, songs and drawings. In recognition of his “outstanding contribution to the education of young people” he was awarded the Shining Star Award by The Children’s Museum of Southeastern Connecticut.
Meanwhile, Shasha’s plein air work has expanded to residencies and workshops nationwide from Cape Ann Plein Air, The Forgotten Coast, Easton Plein Air and The Great Texas Paint out. Shasha recently was named the Artists' Choice Award-winner at Easton Plein Air in July 2018.
Mark is an elected member of The Guild of Boston Artists, The Copley Society and North Shore Arts Association and other esteemed institutions. He has won numerous awards for his landscape and figurative painting including The Alden Bryan Memorial Award for Excellence in Landscape Painting which was awarded to Shasha twice in one year.
Shasha’s art is not limited to the canvas. He also appears on stage as an actor, singer, guitar player or all of the above. Recent productions include Best of Broadway, The Miracle Worker, Twelve Angry Men and Willy Wonka.
On most days Mark can be found painting along the shore with a guitar by his side.