About Mark Niemi
Mark Niemi was born on July 6, 1954 at McConnell Air Force Base near Wichita, Kansas. As the son of an Air Force Sergeant, he spent the early part of his life living in both the United States and Europe. Many of his current views of the world today were affected by visits to prominent castles along the Rhine River, the Bavarian Alps, historic battlegrounds, cathedrals and museums throughout France, Belgium, England, Luxembourg, and other parts of Europe. By the time he had graduated high school at Randolph Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas; Mark had already lived at 25 different addresses and attended 11 different schools.
Since Mark's father was an aircraft mechanic, he also developed an early interest in all things mechanical. In college, Mark studied engineering graphics, architecture, machine shop, welding, mathematics and science. His general interest in fabrication led him to study furniture, art, home design and construction, and eventually open up his own fabrication shop in his chosen hometown of Denison, Texas. It is here where he developed his passion for motorcycles and racing.
Mark has been an avid racing enthusiast since the late 1960s. He has raced motocross, cross-country, enduro, AMA Dirt Track, and is currently racing with the CMRA (Central Motorcycle Roadracing Association). In addition, he also serves as an expert riding coach for Lone Star Track Days, the first track days company in Texas. He's participated in over 150 track days events with Lone Star and still enjoys racing on their endurance team today.
Mark's early life traveling the world, his interest and love for mechanical objects, his passion for racing and his love for the motorcycle are all reflected in his sculptures, furniture, wall-hangings and drawings.