Mark Shasha (b. 1961) is an award-winning American artist, author and educator.
His work has appeared in museums, galleries and publications for almost 40 years*. His work is found in public and private collections around the world. And millions have read his children’s books which he has written and illustrated.
After college at Rhode Island School of Design in 1983 Shasha was a frequent illustrator for the Boston Phoenix, The Globe and many other publications. His first children’s book, Night of the Moonjellies (Simon & Schuster, 1992) won a Marion Vannett Ridgway Honor Award and was welcomed by Smithsonian Magazine as “a classic.” It continues to appear on some bestseller lists.
His work led to invitations to hundreds of schools and libraries where he delighted thousands of children with his stories, songs and drawings. In recognition of his “outstanding contribution to the education of young people” Mark was given the Shining Star Award by The Children’s Museum of Southeastern Connecticut.
In recent years Shasha has shifted almost exclusively to oil painting. His artistic focus is the light and texture of the natural world which he approaches in a traditional style with techniques of 19th and 20th century masters. Today, Mark is often included among the top plein air painters in notable art events across the country such as Forgotten Coast en Plein Air, Plein Air Easton, Cape Ann Plein Air and En Plein Air Texas.