Markus Holtby grew up in Toronto, Canada, but has been living and working in New York for many years. He has a Master in Fine Arts (MFA) from the School of Visual Arts in New York and a Master of Architecture (MArch) degree from the University of Maryland School of Architecture. Markus divides his time between his art practice and his building and design career in New York City.
Markus works in a variety mediums using common conventions rooted strongly in design and construction. His work critiques the physical expression and performance of common infrastructure. This infrastructure is the foundation upon which the structure of society and the economy is built, often times quite literally. For example, the electrical grid across urban or rural land, as infrastructure, is based on the equipment involved and the intent to provide a service to the areas and population it supports. Markus' work addresses its use, design and construction of these systems of infrastructure.
In addressing these built systems Markus draws from familiar construction materials and objects to develop a critical reflection of the framework's physical components. The work may be understood as a type of expanded medium that manifests itself across multiple artistic disciplines. The resulting work, a product of shared experience within the physical framework of infrastructure, is both fresh and sentimental.
His work has been exhibited mostly in New York in public and private spaces. He is also recently engaged in a start up curatorial and exhibition enterprise in New York City - as a way of giving back to the artistic community - in a venture called StartaArta with fellow like minded artist colleagues.