Mark Sofilas was born in Western Australia in 1961.

He studied Art at school and university and gained his diploma in graphic design, specialising in illustration in 1981. He began his professional life as a freelance artist and worked in the advertising, publishing and editorial industries in Perth, Melbourne and Sydney Australia.

Mark became an established illustrator and portrait painter in the years that followed and his work has been exhibited widely in Australia, particularly with The Humane Society International, The Tennis hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island and the Queensland Cricket Association.

In his time he has worked with many prominent Australian and international sporting personalities, creating fine art portraits and limited edition prints. These include among others, the great Mohammad Ali and Sir Vivien Richards, the legendary West Indian cricketer.

Mark’s work has been selected for publication in Communication Arts, a highly respected international Illustration annual and he illustrated an award winning children’s book, “The Burnt Stick” by author Anthony Hill.

In Australia Mark’s clients include large corporations such as Coca Cola, Nestle, McDonalds, Australia Post, ANZ Bank, Westpac Bank, Time Magazine, Penguin Books, Toyota and Qantas Airlines.

Mark relocated to the UK in 2008 where he set up his studio in Leeds.

His work has moved away from illustration to land and seascape painting and he has developed an individual style that shows his illustrative pedigree. His paintings of the countryside are unusual in that they bring a perspective of someone who originates from a different landscape.

Mark works mainly in oils, enjoying the textural quality of the medium as well as the colour capabilities. He has a keen eye for composition and enjoys the intrinsic geometry of the natural world. He has recently been accepted as an exhibiting member of Leeds Fine Art Club, UK.