Kendrick Mar was born in Oakland, CA. He was originally a musician before finding his interest in art at age 22, while enrolled in a beginning drawing class at the university where he was unhappily pursuing an engineering degree. The teacher’s encouragement motivated him to become an artist. He left the university and worked in both commercial sculpting and graphic design during the next five years, then attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he received his BFA degree in 2000 with an emphasis in painting.

His early training in figure drawing emphasized the importance of craftsmanship and technical skills. This was reinforced while he was employed doing commercial sculpting and pattern making for toy companies. At art school his development was influenced by classes in academic figure painting as well as conceptually based seminar classes.

The artist lives and works in New York.