Mark Bender’s artisan illustration is classically inspired and hand crafted, combining traditional media with contemporary technology to create compelling imagery that connects with the audience. His visual vocabulary pulls from vintage advertising of the 20’s and 30’s, WPA and propaganda posters, giving contemporary concepts a timeless motif. Mark’s meticulously crafted images have been incorporated into advertising campaigns, packaging, annual reports, CD jackets, children’s books, murals, posters and magazines.

Recognized by Communication Arts Magazine, 3X3 Magazine, Archive 200 Best Illustrators, Creative Quarterly and the New York Society of Illustrators, Mark has been included in the society’s annual exhibitions and in Original Art, the best in children’s book illustration. A member of both the NY Society of Illustrators and the Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators, he has also been awarded both gold and silver Addys and a prestigious silver medal from the New York Society of Illustrators.

Mark has been nurturing young illustrators for more than a decade as a faculty member at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, where he received the 2008 Inez C. Hall outstanding faculty member of the year award. Mark is a proud member of the “Syracuse Syndicate”, receiving a Masters in Illustration from Syracuse University.


Creating contemporary images inspired by classics of the past, Mark’s work has attracted a diverse array of clients including :


• The Boston Globe
• Arthritis Foundation
• Carnegie Mellon University
• Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
• Magee Hospital of UPMC
• City Theater
• Federated Investors
• Heinz USA
• The Kelly Strayhorn Theater
• Pittsburgh Heinz History Center

• PITT University
• National Public Radio
• PLANADVISER magazine
• Simon and Schuster
• Sony Music
• University of Texas at Austin
• University of Chicago
• Virginia Beach Zoo
• East End Brewing Company
• Williamson Dickie



• Illustration West 51
• Society of Illustrators 51st Annual Exhibition
• Society of Illustrators 50th Annual Exhibition

• Society of Illustrators 49th Annual Exhibition
• Society of Illustrators 48th Annual Exhibition
• Society of Illustrators 41st Annual Exhibition
• Communication Arts Illustration Annual 51
• Communication Arts Illustration Annual 49
• Communication Arts Illustration Annual 48
• Communication Arts Illustration Annual 46
  2013- Creative Quarterly 30
2013- Applied Arts Magazine
2013- Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators :
xxArt for Hire Exhibition
2012- New Britain Museum of American Art, Pixelated :
xxThe Art of Digital Illustration
2011 - 200 Best Illustrators Worldwide, Lurzer’s Archive
2010 - 3 X 3 Annual, Illustration Annual Exhibition
2010 - New York Society of Illustrators Museum, Earth :
xxFragile Planet Exhibition