Michael Marks received his BA from Georgia College and State University and MFA from Clemson University. He grew up in rural south Georgia, acquiring his first set of oil paints from his grandmother and building his first AM radio with his father. He has lived most of his artistic life between those two experiences.

Marks was a co-founder and exhibitions director of the ThreeCitiesGroup, an artist collective active for nearly a decade across the Southeast. Working across a range of materials and techniques, his creative work has been shown nationally and internationally in over seventy-five exhibitions, including the cities of New York, NY; Chicago, IL; Los Angeles and San Francisco, CA; St Louis, MO; Washington, DC; Greenville and Columbia, SC; Atlanta, GA; Austin and Fort Worth, TX; Miami, FL; Richmond, BC, Canada; Copenhagen, Denmark; Zug, Switzerland; and Perth, Australia.

He has received several awards and distinctions; including a grant from Vasari Paints, NY; fellowship from Wildacres Foundation, NC; and honors from the SC Art Commission. His writings on contemporary art and education have been published by Temporary Art Review and the Paris College of Art Press. He serves on the board of FATE (Foundations in Art: Theory and Education) as editor of FATE in Review, an academic journal focused on higher education and visual culture. He has held academic appointments at the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities and the University of South Carolina Upstate. Currently, Marks is an Associate Professor of Art and Foundations Program Coordinator at the South Carolina School of the Arts at Anderson University.