Marc Roder

Marc Roder

Portland, OR, United States

About Marc Roder

I am an immigrant to the core. My parents lived through WWII in Europe, and I was born in Northern California. I have lived and studied up and down the West Coast, with years working and living in New York, Philadelphia and Miami. Perhaps not surprisingly, my work reflects on processes of gathering and discarding , voyaging, and settling. In my paintings the accumulations of human debris suggest a world where the life of the object stands in for the presence of the figure and biological activity. Human striving and tinkering are strewn over the armature of earth, water and sky. I have drawn from the ever-changing landscape of popular culture and the retooling of our common mythical journeys inspired by Carl Jung, Ovid, Shakespeare, John LeCarré, Walt Disney and Homer (the Greek and Simpson), to name a few. In these paintings landscape is a jumping off point for narrative, it is an imaginary ground in which I can locate social, art historical and psychological concerns.
Everything depicted in my work probably has happened or probably will happen to me, and possibly to the viewer as well. The paintings flirt with disaster, and sometimes disaster flirts back.


MFA, University of Pennsylvania

Studied at the San Francisco Art Institute


Finalist, Betty Bowen Award, Seattle Art Museum. One of five finalists for 2011.

Visiting Guest Artist/ Lecturer, Emily Carr University, North Island College, Courtenay, BC

Artist residency, Yaddo Colony, Saratoga Springs, NY

Artist residency, Millay Colony for the Arts, Austerlitz, NY
McClennen Fellowship in Painting


“Hearts of Darkness”. Invitational Group Show, curator and catalogue essay, Gallery HOMELAND, Portland, OR 2013

Apparitions and Visitations”. Solo show, Lake George Arts Project, Lake George, NY 2012

“Pastoral Visions”. Two person show, Gallery HOMELAND, Portland, OR 2012

Solo shows, Dorsch Gallery, Miami, FL 2004, 2006