2007 MFA, Fine Arts (Painting)
Otis College of Art and Design.
2003 BA with Honors, Art Studio (Painting) Minor, Art History
University of California, Santa Barbara.
Mars' works are in the collections of the Museum of Art and History and the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas. He has exhibited throughout the United States at various institutions, including the Torrance Art Museum and the Laguna Art Museum. His first solo exhibition with Gusford Gallery in February 2013 was recommended by Interview Magazine as one of the top international shows to view that month. His work has also been featured in numerous publications like the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Magazine, and LA Weekly.
In 2016 and 2014, he designed billboards for LAXART's LA Public Domain Project, which were displayed on Sunset Blvd. in West Hollywood and La Cienega Blvd. in Culver City. He created site-specific works for the Museum of Broken Relationships in Los Angeles and the LA Art Fair.
He has also painted custom outfits for musicians Post Malone, Axl Rose, Billie Eilish, Tyla Yaweh, and the Growlers. Malone wore these outfits on his 2018-2019 Beerbongs and Bentleys world tour, including Reading Festival and Lollapalooza Argentina, and his 2019 Runaway tour. Several of Mars' outfits were featured in the remix video for Malone's hit single "Wow." Rose wore Mars' custom shirts on Guns N' Roses' 2019 Not in this Lifetime tour. He made outfits for Eilish's promotional commercial on Saturday Night Live and the behind-the-scenes video for "Bad Girl." He also painted the Growlers' costumes for their headlining performance at Growlers 6, Beach Goth in 2018, and their Beach Goth tour. Mars' custom outfits have been featured on New York Magazine, Saturday Night Live, NBC, BBC, Washington Post, ENews, Apple News, NME, Dazed Magazine, The Fader, and Spotify.
In 2018, he published a collection of true-life stories called Unreal for Real based on the wildest adventures of his life. It is available on Amazon, Kindle, and at select book stores. The audiobook version, narrated by Mars, is available on Audible and Itunes.
Mars currently exhibits with LA-based River Gallery. His solo exhibition My Favorite Color Is Red Flag opened in November 2018.