Karim Marquez was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela. He received his first degree in Visual at the Cristobal Rojas School of Art in 1995. In 1996 Karim moved to New York, NY and received a scholarship to the Art Students League of New York where he studied painting with William Scharf and Larry Poons.
In January 1997 Karim became the youngest artist ever to have a solo show entitled “Chaos, Symbols and Universe” at the Wings Theater Recon Gallery in Greenwich Village. He has also participated in many group shows including “Emphasis” at the Venezuelan Consulate in New York City.
While still living in his adopted home, New York, Karim Marquez participated in Venezuela’s prestigious “VX Arturo Michelena Art Salon”. As a prize winner in that 2003 group show Karim’s painting, “Sacrifice” is in the permanent collection of Venezuela’s National Gallery.
Karim’s work is based on the concept of chaos as a balance of material transformation. With this in mind, he uses unconventional techniques and resources to create a harmony of form together with an aggressive and chaotic aesthetic. The development of his art work relates on the studies of the great school of Abstract-Expressionism, his goal as a visual artist is to carry this on and bring a contemporary and fresh look to the viewer of a non-objective painting and sculpture. Besides this reference it refers to the beginning, combining the ultimate source that characterizes and relates to the beliefs, values, behavior and material objects that constitute a people’s way of life.