Marc DeBauch was born in St. Cloud, Minnesota on October 24th, 1956, into a family of Prussian immigrants. During the United States liquor prohibition of the 1920’s, Marc’s great-grandfather was sent to Leavenworth Prison, twice for bootlegging. Marc says “Being an erotic artist shouldn’t come as too much of a shock to my family they are obviously used to controversial people. Of course just like my great grandfather’s “antics”, no one wants to hear or talk about it!” Marc spent the first 20 years of his life in St. Cloud, Minnesota, which he describes as a city of unfriendly, clannish, and sexually repressed German Catholics.
At the age of 20, after receiving 2 years of art training in design and drawing at St. Cloud University, Marc moved to rural Virginia to live with his sister. In 1977 he opened the Seven Studios Art Gallery with another artist, where he exhibited his jewelry and paintings alongside regional artists from the Northern Virginia area. Then in 1979, Marc sold everything he owned and went to India to join the Tantric Sex cult of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh*. Marc explains, “That pretty much destroyed my Catholic guilt or any of my sexual hang-ups.”
While he didn’t create erotic artwork until his late 20’s, Marc did hone the creative techniques that would enable him to paint any type of subject matter, including wildlife, landscapes, seascapes, fantasy, mythology, pets, portraits, and ancient cultural iconography. Marc explains, “I am obsessed with creating art. I have more ideas in my mind than I have the time to create them all”.
*See the Netflix documentary “Wild, Wild Country” for a more in depth vision of this crazy cult.
In 1991 Marc met his current partner Eduardo at a beach where men cruised for sex. According to Marc, “We felt an immediate connection, but I warned Eduardo that art is my mistress and it will always come first in our relationship. I’m glad I told him because he has remained with me for over 29 years. I couldn’t have become a successful artist without Eduardo’s support.”
In 1995 a friend suggested to Marc that he should enter some work in the 2nd Tom of Finland Foundation’s Emerging Erotic Artist Contest. Marc was surprised to win First Place, as it enabled him to get a jump start in his career as an erotic artist. Since then, his work has been exhibited in museums, galleries, shops, bars and bathhouses from Berlin to San Francisco. Marc currently lives in Minneapolis with Eduardo, his husband of 30 years, their dog Fausto, as well as several tropical fish.