Mark Hagen was born in Black Swamp, Virginia in 1972. Hagen received his BA from the University of California in 1994 and an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts in 2002.
Hagen’s minimalist paintings and sculptures are approaches as a negotiation of opposites – control meets chance, utilitarian meets purely aesthetic, and history meets contemporary.“These…systems are rational and reasonable…frameworks within which the amorphous and the impractical flourish, creating unstable perspectives.” Hagen utilizes this balance to highlight the concept of the seen and unseen, making the viewer aware of what is unavailable to the human eye and how what we see differs from what we process.
Hagen has held solo exhibitions at Marlborough Gallery (New York), Almine Rech Gallery (Paris), Galeria Marta Cervera (Madrid), and China Art Objects (Los Angeles). His works can also be found in the collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Hammer Museum (Los Angeles). He lives and works in Los Angeles.