Shoe designer Mark Schwartz has been creating his designs and capturing them on paper for over twenty five years. Schwartz views the shoe as the most important and artistic of all the accessories which in turn creates a unique and interesting art form. Mark’s unique shoe paintings are collected by clients all over the world, most of his work are extensions of designs he has created over the years.
Mark Schwartz began his career in New York City in the early 1980’s where he was hand picked by legendary French shoe designer Roger Vivier to assist him in shoe design.
Vivier was so impressed with Mark’s ability to design and sketch that he called his friend Andy Warhol to visit Schwartz one day and soon Warhol took to Schwartz’s whimsical approach to shoes and for the last 3 years of his life he tutored Schwartz and mentored him, both Schwartz and Warhol painted shoes on a monthly basis exchanging ideas which eventually became the style that you see today in Mark’s work.
After Warhol’s death Schwartz went on to live and work in Paris and Milan , designing for such houses as Chanel, Lacroix, Hermes, Balenciaga, Gucci and Prada to name a few.
Upon his return to New York (1995) Schwartz opened his own boutique debuting his own shoe line Mark Schwartz in the SOHO district of NYC.
Schwartz then displayed the paintings he did with Warhol on the walls of his shop and found out that they soon started to sell as well if not more than his physical shoes. Schwartz has gone on to define the shoe as an art form – High Heeled Art – Artistic Renderings of Shoes.
To see more Mark’s paintings or to commission an shoe artwork click HERE!