Markus Holtby grew up in Toronto, Canada and is now an artist living and working in New York. Before receiving his MFA degree from the School of Visual Arts of New York Markus built a career in the design and construction industry in and around New York City.
Markus works in various mediums including sculpture, installation, photography and performance. His professional experience developed in him a critical reflection of man-made systems. His artwork uses familiar construction materials and objects - plywood, lumber, steel, wallpaper, sheetrock, construction systems, infrastructure and architecture. These reflect on Markus’ recorded history and the world around him. However, rather than being personal images and ideas they are products of communal memory and experience. The resulting work is both fresh and sentimental. Markus’ artistic practice is critically focused on the man-made systems and infrastructure around him by reflecting on how collectively we fit within the spaces we build.