Hailing from South Toms River, Mark Retacco is an incredible artist whose work has been featured on MTV, PBS, and even in the White House. At a young age, his class trip to the Newark Museum helped him realize even further how passionate he was about art, where he viewed a unique exhibit that showed buildings made out of wood chips, and after that, he would go home and build his own cities in the backyard.
Originally from Newark, in the early 1970s, his family moved down to Ocean County. At this time Mark made a switch from a private Catholic school to a public school. Unfortunately, he ended up a victim of bullying when switching to the new school. Although he had a safe haven during art class, most of the other parts of his school day were torture. He recalls it being a very painful experience.