Mark Campana was born and still lives in South Philadelphia. He received a certificate from the Art Institute, where he studied graphic design, but after graduating his interest moved to fine art oil painting on canvas. He started his career painting portraits of people as well as pets from photographs, but eventually focused on landscape and cityscape motifs from life.
He became familiar to many Philadelphians by painting almost daily in Rittenhouse Square, and has exhibited in the Rittenhouse Square Show for the past several years. Several hundred of his city views are in private collections in the region. In the winter months, Mark turns to still-life motifs, nudes, and portraits. His most recent body of work is a series of views of the brick townhouses with flower boxes that are distinctive of center-city Philadelphia's small residential streets.
Mark is influenced by the classic tradition of "painterly realism" as exemplified by the great masters of easel painting, such as Rembrandt and Caravaggio, to the Impressionists. He has a natural flair for handsome brushwork and lively rendering of the effects of color and light. Largely self-taught, he has developed a signature style by virtue of diligent laboring at his craft. His small paintings in particular have an intimate and personal quality, with a powerful chiarascuro effect and gem-like highlights.