Marc Travanti was born in Kenosha, WI. In 1980 he moved to New York City and soon became part the emerging art scene there in the East Village. During that time, his "primitive pop" artwork was exhibited at Piezo ElectricP.P.O.W., Civilian WarfareAmerican Fine Arts and numerous other galleries in the area. Later his art was exhibited at galleries and museums throughout the city including John DavisStuxPS 122Jack TiltonFeatureThe Sculpture CenterWhite ColumnsThe Alternative Museum and The New MuseumWhile constructing art objects and images, Marc also produced videos, and worked on performance pieces with choreographers and playwrights. An extended project was a visual art / martial arts / dance group called BudoFlux, which he developed with Germany based choreographer Howard Katz. That work, in diverse forms, was presented in New York City and Berlin, Germany at various galleries, nightclubs and performance spaces. In addition to presenting his work in Germany, Marc’s art has been exhibited abroad at Dvorak Sec in Prague, Submarine Gallery in London, and Lidewij Edelkoort in Paris. Marc taught art at Nightingale-Bamford, a K through 12, academically selective school in New York City from 1981 until 2018, and served as head of the art department there for several years. From 1983 to 1999 he was head karate instructor at NYC YinYangDo, the martial arts school he established in affiliation with the Kenosha, Wisconsin YinYangDo  Karate Association. Marc has an MFA in sculpture from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a BFA with an emphasis in ceramics, from the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater.