Marcel Dzama was born 1974 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. A Canadian artist living in New York City, he is known for small-scale, ink and watercolour drawings of human figures, animals and imaginary hybrids. Dzama studied at the University of Manitoba.
A recent departure for Dzama is the move into larger polyptychs, video and sculpture. Since 1998, he has lived and worked in New York City. In 2006, he was given an early career retrospective exhibition in Birmingham, UK, which traveled to the Centre for Contemporary Art in Glasgow.
Dzama founded the artist collective the Royal Art Lodge in Manitoba in 1996. 2003 saw the publication of a collection of his work, The Berlin Years.