Mark Steven Greenfield is a native Angelino, and son of a Tuskegee Airman, which led to spending the first part of his life abroad, living on military bases from Taiwan to Germany, until returning to LA at the age of ten. In high school Greenfield studied with revered Los Angeles artist, John T Riddle. Riddle quickly noted Greenfield’s talent, but saw that he was vulnerable to the influences and dangers confronting black youth at the time. Riddle remarked, "You could be a pretty good artist....if you live that long.” This got Greenfield’s attention and set him on the path that would define the course of his life.
Greenfield went on to study with Charles White, at Otis Art Institute, and received his Bachelor’s degree in Art Education in 1973 from California State University, Long Beach and a Masters of Fine Arts degree in painting and drawing from California State University Los Angeles in 1987. Greenfield’s work has been exhibited extensively throughout the United States most notably with a comprehensive survey exhibition at the California African American Museum in Los Angeles in 2014, and in 2002 at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia. Internationally, he has exhibited at the Chiang Mai Art Museum in Thailand; at Art 1307 in Naples, Italy; the Blue Roof Museum in Chengdu, China; 1333 Arts, Tokyo, Japan; and the Gang Dong Art Center in Seoul, South Korea.
GLASSplash began as a collaboration with Mark Steven Greenfield when our parent company, Inspired Living Design, was hired to design an artist studio and kitchen renovation for a newly purchased home. As the kitchen design was finalized and finishing details were being discussed, ILD proposed an idea. Since Mark was the cook in the family, combined with a desire to maximize the ability to display an ever evolving collection of art, would he be interested in creating a unique design which would be applied on glass and installed in the new kitchen as the backsplash. Mark took the challenge to heart and created a delightfully modern, mid-century inspired graphic. The result was truly dramatic.