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Born with a disheartened handicap that would lead many through an unfortunate childhood, Mark Paul Deren developed a whimsical sense of humor while growing up half blind in the outskirts of Washington, D.C. Running through the ill-fated hurdles of life, Deren now resides in California illustrating his vivid imagination with a sea of spray-cans and paintbrushes under the moniker, Madsteez. His methodical approach to large-scale murals has granted him worldwide appreciation, with accompanying film documentation highlighting his process behind the multi-layered landscapes that transform blank canvases into an acidic voyage and cosmic explosion. In his second decade as a professional artist, Madsteez has already been featured in renowned publications like The New York Times and Dazed and Confused, with commissions coming from Nike, Mini Cooper, De La Barracuda, Target, Stussy, Dennis Hopper and many more. In an effort to offer a look into his inspirational safe haven, the abstract creative grants HYPEBEAST access to his Californian studio to continue our Spaces series.
Photography: Brandon Shigeta/HYPEBEAST