"Marlon was born in Pucallpa, Peru, the base of the Amazon Rainforest Jungle in Peru. Marlon is both a ‘self-taught’ and ‘trained’ visionary and environmental artist. His acrylic paintings give insights into the Amazon life of Peru. Using his own life experiences, his paintings are his visions and landscapes of the rainforest. Additionally, the Amazonian myths, legends and stories are invaluable in his paintings. Combining his love of traditional plant medicine, shamanism, and nature, Marlon has developed a method of painting that illustrates his visions of the world. He studied and taught at the world-renowned Usko Ayar Neo-Amazonic School of Painting. From 1998-2003, as a teacher, Marlon enjoyed teaching the “street children” about their culture, environment, and individual backgrounds though painting. He taught them to value themselves and their skills and to respect the environment. Additionally, from 2003 through 2004, Marlon taught painting as a Resident Artist on the Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica. Since coming to live in San Francisco, Marlon has continues to study and paint at his home studio and at City College of San Francisco."