Mad Anthony (Anthony Marshall) was born in San Francisco and raised in the greater Bay Area. He is an artist currently living and working in New York City where he has resided for 20 years now. During his early teens Mad explored his creative tendencies while immersed in local gang culture. He developed a unique representational typography for himself and fellow gang members that was used while tagging in public spaces.
Seeing the limitations of the gang lifestyle Anthony enrolled in arts and humanities courses at Napa Valley College where he developed skills in drawing, design and other creative arts. A few years later he gravitated back to San Francisco proper and began working at a renowned art auction house as a gallery preparator. This hands-on position informally exposed Mad to wide and varied schools of arts and artists including Old Masters, Modern and Contemporary works and practitioners providing a more thorough arts education than college. Mad would later be promoted as an in-house graphic designer where he designed and laid out numerous exhibition catalogues for the auction house.
While living and working in San Francisco Anthony would exhibit his unique drawings and paintings at local boutique art spaces including one solo and several group exhibitions. In 1994, Mad moved to New York City where he was hired as a graphic designer by TMP Worldwide in 1995. He was soon promoted to an art director position. Not long after, he went to work for fashion house Sean John and DKNY. At Sean John he was part of a creative team that won the CFDA award twice.
In 2005, he was recruited by Nike to create dynamic branding for some of the world’s top athletes including Lebron James and Roger Federer, whose iconic “RF” logo was personally designed by Mad. After working at Nike in Portland, Oregon for five years Anthony and his family decided to return to New York’s Lower East Side in 2010.
Currently, he is the co-founder and creative director for the art and travel magazine NOMADS. Mad continues to exhibit his personal work throughout NYC and is currently preparing for his first solo European exhibit at Carré D’Arts Croisés in France in spring 2017.