Mark Manders is a Dutch artist. He was born in 1968 in Volkel, Netherlands. Manders's body of work consists mainly of installations, drawings, sculptures and short films. Typical of his work is the arrangement of random objects, such as tables, chairs, light bulbs, blankets and dead animals. He is best known for his rough-hewn clay sculptures. Manders is represented by Tanya Bonakdar Gallery in New York.
Self portrait as a building
Since 1986 Manders has been making Self-portrait as a building. The first of this series of fictional architectural plans was Inhabited for a Survey, (First Floor Plan from Self Portrait of a Building) (1986), where the plan is drawn on the floor of the gallery using pencils, crayons and other markers. The fictional building represents a fictional artist, "Mark Manders", an alter-ego distinct from the artist Mark Manders. This fictitious character is described by the artist as a, "Neurotic, sensitive individual who can only exist in an artificial world." Each of his exhibitions includes an evolving floor plan of the self-portrait building along with various art works.
In 2002 Manders was selected for the documenta 11 exhibition in Kassel, Germany. In 2003 Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich and the Art Institute of Chicago in co-operation with the Renaissance Society have organized solo-exhibitions of his work.
In 2004, he was selected for the Manifesta Biennale in San Sebastian (ES). In 2005, the solo-project "Matrix 214: The Absence of Mark Manders" was held at the Berkeley Art Museum in California (US) and another solo show "Parallel Occurrence" has run at IMMA Dublin. In 2006, the artist was represented at the 4th Berlin Biennial for Contemporaray Art.
For 2007/2008, Manders has been invited by several venues around the world to have a solo show, for instance New Museum in New York (US), Kunstverein Hannover (DE), Bergen Kunsthall (N), Kunsthaus Zürich (CH) and S.M.A.K. in Ghent (BE). In 2013 he was selected for the Dutch pavillion in the Venice Biennale.
2008 Life on Mars, the 2008 Carnegie International 
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- Janet Koplos, Mark Manders at Greene Naftali - New York, Art in America, April 2003.
- Melissa Gronlund, Frieze, Issue 100, June - August 2006.
- (undated) "Tanya Bonakdar Gallery artists page; Tanya Bonakdar Gallery (New York).". Retrieved 2011-01-29.
- Irish Museum of Modern Art
- Jan van Adrichem, Jelle Bouwhuis, Mariette Dölle, Sculpture in Rotterdam, 010 Publishers, 2002, p60. ISBN 90-6450-482-2
- Mark Manders at the Renaissance Society