Mark Wagner was in the rural Midwest in 1976, into a family of a dozen brothers and sisters.
Upon leaving the sandbox at the age of fourteen he embarked on a artistic career in writing, collage, and bookmaking. His work can be divided into independent and distinct categories which are nonetheless linked in both nature and theme.
His creative practice includes writing and bookmaking to drawing, collage, and assemblage. In whatever media he tends towards meticulous production and solid graphic presentation that is often fantastical, surreal, and interdisciplinary.
In 1999, Wagner co-founded Brooklyn Artists Alliance, an artist-run, nonprofit organization based in New York, whose mission is to promote artist books as an art form and educational resource.
His work has been exhibited at Metropolitan Museum, Getty Research Institute, and Brooklyn Museum and collected by Museum of Modern Art, Walker Art Center, Library of Congress, and others.