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. Then in 1979, Marc sold everything he owned and went to India to join the Tantric sex cult of Bhawan Shree Rajneesh. Marc explains, “That pretty much destroyed my Catholic guilt or any of my sexual hang-ups.” While he didn’t create erotic art work until his late 20’s, Marc did learn 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”.
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 16 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 art work in the 2nd Tom of Finland Foundation’s Emerging Erotic Artist Contest. Marc was surprised to win First Place in the Group Figure Division, it enabled Marc to get a jump start in a career as an erotic artist. Since then, his work has been exhibited in museums, galleries, shops, bars and bathhouses from Berlin to San Francisco. His art has also been published in several books and magazines. Marc currently lives in Minneapolis, with Eduardo, his husband of 29 years and their dog Fausto.