Fort Payne, Alabama
For Mark Leputa, the greatest sense of self-satisfaction and pride are found in the creation process. Graduating from the University of Pittsburgh in 2003 with a BA in Communications, Mark always felt his imagination was being suppressed until he turned to art to liberate his ideas. It wasn’t until 2004 that Mark finally submitted to his longing of being a full-time artist when he discovered the medium he had long been seeking – glass. The heat, the fire, and the seemingly liquid state of this material entranced him. During his 3-year apprenticeship in New Zealand he was able to define a body of work where simplicity, purity of form, and negative space are all merged in harmony.
Being his own harshest critic, Leputa’s approach to creating his art is relentless and uncompromising. In demanding precision and close attention to detail, he is able to bring his abstract visions to life. Every touch to the glass has significant and deliberate meaning. The final touch is choosing a title that bonds the physical piece with its emotionally driven design.