The Journey


Mark Nelson was raised extensively overseas from his early childhood. Nelson’s early artwork began in the Republic of Panama creating work that reflected the culturally rich landscape and it's diverse population.In 1984 Nelson was accepted into the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where his media repertoire broadened and overlapped.Nelson has since established himself within the city of Chicago as a laboring artist, activist and teacher. His Gringolandia Studio on 21st Street is his home and workplace.



Manual Labor on the Panama Canal

Miraflores Locks 1978

Treasure Hunting in Panama

Playa Pina, Fort San Lorenzo 1982

Community Theater

Ancon Theater Guild, Panama 1982

Landscape Painting

Hills of Campana, Panama 1983

Mural Painting in Panama

Lidice, Capira - Panama 1985

SAIC 1984-86

School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Chicago Transit - 1987

Prairie Avenue Gallery, Chicago

UIC 1986-88

University of Illinois at Chicago

N.a.m.e. Re-Membered Performance