Marc Nagtzaam studied at the Saint Joost Academy of Fine Arts in Breda, the Netherlands, between 1987 and 1992. In 1997 he entered the HISK - Higher Institute of Fine Arts in Antwerp, where he graduated in 2000.
His work is rooted in the production of a body of work that is based on one main subject: the idea of pattern, the repetition. Drawing is his medium of choice; his aim is organizing a picture plane that, in its apparently irretrievable austerity, is, nonetheless, equally hermetic and contingent. The artist draws lines, grids, circles, words or sentences as in an endless search for collecting pieces of information. The repetition and the graphic structure of his works seem reminiscent of minimal and conceptual aesthetics.
Most of Marc Nagtzaam´s drawings consist of colourless, darkly filled in graphite surfaces. Abstracted elements from architecture, graphic design, details from found photographs, or parts from previous drawings are starting points for every series of works. This source material is being reduced, with basic, elementary means: dots, lines and flat surfaces, to construct a sort of structure. As Nagtzaam himself points out: “I’m looking for representations of a (seemingly) concrete reality as well as I search for images which can only exist as a drawing.”
Marc Nagtzaam started his career at the beginning of the 1990s and, since then, he has been featured in solo shows such as: Apoor Show/ 600 Objects of General Interest, W139, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (1993); Once More. Lokaal 01, Breda, The Netherlands (1996); Work and Non-Work, Guest studio 'van de Nieuwe Dingen', Tilburg, The Netherlands (2000); Selected Works, Homework, Maastricht, The Netherlands (2006); Stay In/Stay Out (con A. van Campenhout), Museum van Bommel van Dam, Venlo, the Netherlands (2007); Not Available, Peschkenhaus, Moers, Germany (2010); One Show About One Drawing (with Hans Demeulenaere), M-Museum Leuven, Leuven, Belgium (2011); Often, Not Always, Studio van der Mieden, Antwerp, Belgium (2012); Not Available, curated by Lorenzo Benedetti, De Kabinetten van de Vleeshal, Middelburg, The Netherlands (2014); Eight Pieces for Eight Corners, Objectif Exhibitions, Antwerp, Belgium (2015), Surplus, Riot, Ghent, Belgium (2018); and Regular Features, art3, Valence, France, among others.
Nagtzaam has also developed a fruitful collaboration with different publishing houses such as Roma Publications, Yellow Press and Revolver.