Steve Marcus (aka smarcus) has been a fixture of NYC’s Lower East Side for a more than a quarter century, creating artwork for popular and unpopular culture. Spanning, print, fashion, music, film and animation, his works have been experienced by millions.
He has collaborated with Allen Ginsberg, Ken Kesey, Timothy Leary, The Miguel Pinero Estate and created artwork and illustrations for High Times Magazine and the infamous Cannabis Cup, Esquire, ArtForum, Random House, Conde Nast Publications, and the renowned Fillmore Theater in San Francisco. Marcus’ animations were featured in Watson Guptil’s coffee table book Flash Frames, showcasing the pioneers of flash animation while his mind-bending visuals for The Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Californication Tour and were shown at Radio City Music Hall during the MTV Music Awards, as well as during the opening of the Experimental Music Project Museum. His animated short film Three Thug Mice (2008-2009), a street legend classic that features voice acting by more than 80 cult celebrities and captured a global underground audience, was officially selected for 12 international film festivals, winning seven “Best” awards in diverse categories.
Marcus has received honors and awards from the American Society of Illustrators; and has several works in the permanent collection of the Oakland Museum of California and in private art collections in the United States and Israel. He has been recognized as one of the 500 most influential outsiders in The United States by Future 500; and is honored to have created a hand drawn stained glass panel installed in the Aron Ha’Kodesh in the Beit Medresh at Reb Moshe Feinstein z’l world renowned Lower East Side Yeshiva, Mesivta Tifereth Jerusalem in 2013.