Marcel Dzama

Marcel Dzama's signature work explores the boundary between reality and the subconscious. His compositions, often rendered with fairy tale elements, draw on both the traditional art canon and folk art principles. Dzama's works create a universe that visualizes childhood fantasies and otherworldly myths.



Marcel Dzama was born in 1974 in Winnipeg, Canada, where he received his BFA in 1997 from the University of Manitoba. The artist quickly rose to prominence in the late 1990s when he was recognized for his singular visual language that investigates the depths of the human psyche with a dream-like style.

Solo exhibitions of his work include: Puppets, Pawns, and Prophets at David Zwirner in London; Crossing the Line at David Zwirner in Hong Kong; Pink Moon, a digital presentation by David Zwirner; Blue Moon of Morocco at David Zwirner in Paris; Marcel Dzama: Who Loves the Sun at David Zwirner in New York City; Ya es hora at Galería Helga de Alvear in Madrid, Spain; A Jester’s Dance at University of Michigan Museum of Art in Ann Arbor, Michigan; Drawing on a Revolution at La Casa Encendida in Madrid, Spain; among others.

Group exhibitions that have shown his work include: Amused: Humor in Contemporary Art at Carrie Secrist Gallery in Chicago, Illinois; The Great Drawing Show 1550-2003 at Michael Kohn Gallery in Los Angeles; Cult Fiction at The New Art Gallery in Walsall, England; Mind the Cracks! Collages from the Museum and from other collections at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art in Tel Aviv, Israel; Doublethink: Double vision at Pera Museum in Istanbul, Turkey; HIGHLIGHT: Gramercy at The National Arts Club in New York City; among others

Work by the artist is held in museum collections worldwide, including at: the Dallas Museum of Art in Dallas, Texas; Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal in Montreal, Canada; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles in Los Angeles; The Museum of Modern Art in New York City; the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa in Ottawa, Canada; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City; the Tate, London in London; and the Vancouver Art Gallery in Vancouver, Canada; among others.

In 2013, Abrams published the first comprehensive monograph on the artist entitled Marcel Dzama: Sower of Discord.

Dzama lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

Litanie Des Saints, 2021

Like the flowers of romance, 2021