Marcus Jansen was born 1968 in Manhattan, New York City.

Jansen's paintings are situated between contemporary and street art elements that explore the human condition using in large gestural landscapes with abstraction as real and real as abstract riding lines between fact and fiction, surreal and expressive.

Educated in Germany, Jansen a former soldier was discovered by the renowned former Museum Director of the American Vanguard Exhibitions Europe 1961, Jerome A. Donson who referred to Jansen's work as being "reminiscent of the Ash-Can School” and named him the “innovator of modern expressionism" in 2005. Two major books on Jansen’s work have been published by leading art book publishers Skira Editore Milan and Hirmer Verlag Munich.

Jansen was first influenced by the Graffiti and Abstract Expressionist movement from his birth place New York City. Later by the German expressionist painters while being educated in Germany.
His first solo Museum exhibition took place in Italy at the La Triennale di Milano Museum titled “DECADE” which will travel to the Zitadelle Museum in Berlin in 2018 followed by a series of solo Museum Exhibitions in the US and Europe.

Jansen’s works are collected in the Moscow Museum of Modern Art (MMOMA), The New Britain Museum of American Art, The PERMM Museum of Contemporary Art, The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, The National Taiwan Museum of Fine Art, the Housatonic Museum of Art and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC.