Mark “Feijão” Milligan II was born on St. Croix, U.S.V.I. Under the guidance of Cindy Male, Mark’s high school studies varied from painting & drawing to graphic design & architecture.

At the age of 16, he began an apprenticeship under Paul Youngblood. One of the paintings done during this time won the U.S. National Congressional Art Competition. Allowing him the opportunity to represent the U.S. Virgin Islands and have his painting exhibited in the U.S. Capitol.

At 17, Mark moved to New York City to acquire a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts. During which time he studied under such artists as Don Eddy, Max Ginsburg, Marvin Mattelson and Jack Potter.

Mark has exhibited at the Frederiksted Fort Museum (U.S.V.I.), Avante Yard (NY), the BOE Laboratory (DC), the Corridors Gallery (NY), the Plaza Club (HI), Louis Pohl Gallery (HI), the Honolulu Museum of Art School (HI), the Maui Arts & Cultural Center (HI), the First Hawaiian Center (HI), the ARTS at Marks Garage (HI), the Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts (U.S.V.I.) and the Utah MOCA (UT).

He has painted murals for the Central Park SummerStage, Adidas and Pow! Wow! Hawai‘i. Mark has also done live art, on stage, for the Former Vice President Al Gore, Lauryn Hill and De La Soul. His work has been featured within NCIS Hawai‘i (CBS), Lizzo’s Watch Out for the Big GRRRLS (Amazon Prime),, FLUX Hawai‘i magazine and within a For Freedoms billboard campaign.

Jacob Chinn | KS