Zen Marie was born in Durban South Africa, in 1980. He studied photography at the Market Photo Workshop in 1995 and thereafter completed a BAFA degree (with distinction) majoring in sculpture, at the University of Cape Town in 2001. Alongside this artistic training Marie went on to pursue two post graduate studies: a two year studio residency at de-ateliers in Amsterdam and a Masters degree at the Amsterdam School of Cultural Analysis, based at the University of Amsterdam where he graduated in 2006 (also with distinction). Marie currently lectures at the WITS School of Arts where he tutors senior under graduate students, as well as supervises Masters students. Marie exhibits art locally and internationally and recently won one of the top awards at Spier Contemporary 2010.