Born in born in Kimberly, South Africa, and having grown up in the small towns of Stilfontein and Klerksdorp, Mark Chapman attended Milner High School. After completing two years military service after high school, he moved to Johannesburg to study graphic design.
Finding the constant critique of formal design training counter to his way of working, he left after six months and began a twenty-four year-long career in the mining industry.
Mark only got his start in sculpture and ceramics many years later, when a potter friend gave him his first bag of clay while living in Johannesburg. He has since returned to his creative roots, and begun working full-time as a sculptor and ceramist, and has gone on to develop his very own new generation pop art style.
Mark says: "I don't worry too much about proportions as I find the wacky proportions can in themselves create something interesting. My work has a quirky feel and will hopefully leave the viewer with a smile on their face".