Sioux City-based artist Mark Kochen describes his art as “Surrealist-Pop.” He creates works of vivid color and imagination, weaving stories and characters throughout his art. Kochen’s paintings are invigorating to view; each features countless layers of complexity. Despite the whimsical nature of his art, social commentary can be detected in the scenes of rabbits chopping electrical cables and fuzzy sheep moving through factory machinery. Kochen has been creating art from a young age, and feels that he’s still developing his craft, increasing the intricacy and meaning of his work. When he’s not painting, Kochen teaches art and enjoys the outdoors.