Brooklyn’s 25 year-old art phenom, Mark West, is the Owner and President of Mark West Center for the Arts (MWCA). The story of West’s uprising in the art industry is one to be acknowledged as he is a NYU Shanghai-trained art historian, producer and world traveler.
While in college, West studied East Asia Antiquities, Mandarin, the Humanities and Business. After studying in China, Ghana, and France, West relocated back to the states following graduation for a gap year after being accepted to a graduate program at London School of Economics to study Business and Economics. During that time he reconnected with his passion for history and the arts in NYC and began painting recreationally while working at Willkie Farr & Gallagher as a finance specialist. After receiving praise from his peers on his paintings West received inquiries on his work which gave him the confidence to start selling it on the streets of New York City.
Though West struggled to find mentorship and opportunities to exhibit his work, he took his work out 14th St Union Square in 2018. It was during those 5 months where buyers began to call West a young Jean-Michel Basquiat as he quickly sold enough of his paintings to open up his own brick-and-mortar gallery in LIC.
Since then, West expanded his art center and increased his services to the community. As the Owner and President MCWA, West has sold over 220 paintings out of his own gallery to date.
Currently West’s work is on display at Mark West Center for the Arts located at 56 Bogart St., Brooklyn, NY.West has also exhibited his work at Harlem School of the Arts, The Sony Center, The Magic Johnson Theatre, Atlantic Ave Barclays Center, Orchard & Ludlow, Hall of Fame, MWCA, and many other places around NYC. Mark West and his gallery have been published in ABC News, BronxNet TV, The LDM Show, 8Ball Radio, Bleucalf Magazine, The Bronx Times and others.
An alumna of Purdue University, Gabrielle studied Film and Art Design before launching her career as a Production Assistant. While pursuing her Masters in Entertainment Business, at Full Sail University, she worked in public relations and marketing to hone her business skillset.
Gabrielle amassed over six years of domestic and international experience, as she thrived in a multitude of industries, boasting a lofty background in marketing, branding, social media, public relations, and events.
In her previous roles, she provided support for national and regional accounts such as Hilton, Sawgrass Mills, Feld Entertainment, and Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County. Following years of experience of working with celebrities and national industry leaders like CBRE, and Meredith Corporation, Gabrielle started her own creative agency, NICH. Since the launch of her agency Gabrielle has managed to secure clientele across the US, including MWCA.
Mistik is an intuitive guide who specializes in dream interpretation, Jungian psychology, tarot and breathwork. After graduating university studies, Mistik relocated to NYC to serve as a curator, community activist, and spiritual guide. Mistik hosts weekly healing circles every Wednesday and helps coordinate programming at MWCA.
After graduating from University of North Texas where Adam studied Drawing and Painting, he relocated to NYC to work as a painter, carpenter and art consultant full-time. Adam frequently teaches art education in the city and helps coordinate programming at MWCA.