Mark Bautch AKA Satyarthi AKA Marc DeBauch
Artists often use pseudonyms to create different bodies of work. In the case of the artist with three names, Marc DeBauch, aka Satyarthi, aka Mark Bautch, his pseudonyms barely mask what may appear only at first glance to be a split personality disorder.
The artist was born Mark Bautch on October 24, 1956 in St. Cloud, Minnesota. Mark was the product of a working class family, who exposed him to the rituals of Catholicism, astrology, and mythology. They also encouraged his creativity and love of nature at an early age. To this day his interests in archeology, zoology, astrology, mythology, botany, paganism, and death are apparent in his paintings.
In 1977 after two years of art classes, at St. Cloud State University where he majored in jewelry making, Mark quit school and moved to rural Virginia. There he opened an art gallery that specialized in sculpture, jewelry and paintings. He also became friend with some disciples of Guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh. In early 1980 he traveled to India and became a disciple of Rajneesh. This inner journey with his spiritual master opened a door of unbounded creativity and Mark was given the name “Swami Anand Satyarthi” (master of one self, blissful, seeker of truth).
When Satyarthi returned to the United States, he began painting wild landscapes resembling dark Disney-eque Baroque dreams. Paint swirls across the canvas in emotional tides of elemental forces: splashing waves of water, twisted trees, voluminous cloud formations, exotic animals and the hidden images that sometimes appear in his paintings (or is the viewer’s eye just trying to find the familiar and make sense of the chiaroscuro compositions?). In 1985 he began to paint his visions of the collective unconscious in figurative paintings. Satyarthi explored surrealism, portraiture and mythology with vibrantly colored images of pagan gods, goddesses, occult iconography and architectural motifs of ancient civilizations.
Marc currently lives in Minneapolis with Eduardo, his partner of 24 years, and their dog Fautso.
My family exposed me to mythology and mysticism at an early age and probably had no idea that they were opening a door for me to explore my own self-awareness. Life, of course, is a mystery and for me that means; no matter how far I may manage to pull away from my center, something always snaps me back to higher consciousness. For that reason I feel that I must share my inner journey with the rest of the world. What better way for me to do this than with my art. Over twenty-five years ago I decided to devote my life to exploring my inner being through meditation and self-awareness. That path has led me to produce works of art that help me to reveal the collective unconscious to the planet. The subject matter in my art is in a constant state of flux I paint landscapes, wildlife, erotica, surrealism, fantasy, mythology, and portraits.
My ideas often come to me in visions. The most successful images I paint are subjects that many people can relate to, but seem afraid to discuss. I hope my paintings act as a vehicle to create dialogue for those viewers of my art.