Mark Knize
Biography/Artist's Statement
Competitions and Awards

Alameda County Fair, Fine Art Category, Silver award, 2012, 2013, 2015, Pleasanton, CA
Spring Juried Art Show, Carnegie Art Center, Third Place , sculpture, Turlock, CA
Don Herberholz award, 2011 Oakwilde Spring Show, Valley Springs, CA
Tour de Sonora: The Art of Cycling, Second Place, sculpture, 2012, Sonora, CA
ArtStock 2010,  Juror's Award, Loomis, CA,
Expressions Art Show, First Place Sculpture, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016, Tracy, CA

Galleries and Shows

Beauty...It's not pretty National Juried Show, 2012, Tracy, CA
Expressions Selections, Grand Theater Gallery, Tracy, CA, 2010, 2012-2017.
California Contours, San Louis Obispo, 2006
Gallery, America Association of Woodturners Annual Meeting, 1995, 2004, 2012
The Gallery, Calaveras Arts Council, San Andreas, 2000

Public Art
Military Order of the Purple Heart Monument, Point Mugu Naval Base, Ventura Cournty, CA, 2011
Locomotives, Two 4 ft by 16 ft steel trains, City of Tracy Multimodal Station, 2010

American Woodturner, Article: Turn a Multiaxis Chili Pepper Box, vol. 31 No. 2, April 2016
American Woodturner, Article: Wooden Rings, vol. 27, No. 2, April 2012
American Woodturner, Article: Balanced Bowls, Cover photograph, vol. 25, No 2, April 2010
American Woodturner, Members’ Gallery, vol. 19, No. 1, 2004
American Woodturner, Symposium report, vol. 18, No.3, 2003
Art and Entertainment “Two artists work with their hands to produce award winning art, July 2004.

Art Training
Courses in:
Figure Sculpture with Alicia Ponzio, 2016, San Francisco, CA
Portrait Sculpture with Alicia Ponzio, 2015, San Francisco, CA
Life Drawing, 2008, 2017 Modesto Junior College, 2009, 2012 Las Positas College, Livermore, CA
Sculpture, 2008 Modesto Junior College; 2003, 2004, 2006, 2009, 2010, San Joaquin Delta College
Drawing 2005 Delta College, Stockton


Mark Knize is a sculptor in wood, metal, concrete, and stone. The geometry of simple curves and round objects has been a decades-long interest producing geometric, even practical, vessels. He now is adding more representational images to his body of work including people and animals, a consequence of serious study of figure drawing. Besides winning awards in local art shows, his work is also in private collections in California, Europe, and Japan.

Artist statement
"I enjoy trying to achieve the perfect form, creating objects that engage the viewer. I see my work functioning as a key visual point within a space, inviting a look and a touch."
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