Mark Kalesniko was born and raised in Trail, British Columbia. He studied art at the David Thompson University Center in Nelson, B.C. In 1981, Kalesniko headed for California to study at the California Institute of the Arts. After receiving his B.F.A. in Character Animation, he worked as a layout artist for Disney films like 'The Little Mermaid', 'The Lion King', 'Mulan' and 'Atlantis'.
Mail Order Bride
In the 1990s Kalesniko started to work on an oeuvre as a graphic novel artist, starting out with a short story for the Fantagraphics anthology 'Pictopia'. He then published 'S.O.S.' (1992), the story of an Asian girl lost at sea; 'Alex' (1994), about an alcoholic ex- animator and the Harvey Award nominated 'Why Did Pete Duel Kill Himself?' (1997), also starring the character Alex. Kalesniko's His graphic novel 'Mail Order Bride' was published in 2001. Alex returned in the 2011 graphic novel 'Freeway', about Alex's life in Los Angeles. Mark Kalesniko's work has also been published in France and Spain.