Last Updated on August 9, 2023, 12:53 pm
Craig Markus, Chief Creative Officer of Proof Advertising and citizen of New York City, died on Tuesday evening, August 08, 2023.
He had been admitted to the hospital for a few weeks; he died after battling a rare disease called Guillain-Barre syndrome, and its complications.
He had been receiving immediate physical therapy at Mount Sinai, hoping to quickly return to his position, but the treatment didn’t cure him.
Guillain-Barre syndrome is an uncommon neurological disorder in which a portion of the nervous system (network of nerves) outside the brain and spinal cords is mistakenly attacked by your immune system.
The sad news of Craig’s death was published by one of his friends Ingrid Otero-Smart on social media and wrote:
“Craig Markus, my dear friend, you have moved closer to your favorite stars. I’ll always remember your generosity and enthusiasm for space.
I will always remember your call sharing that story from Cape Canaveral. What a loving father you were. We’ll miss you terribly. Rest in Peace”
Our prayers for Craig’s comfort and all condolences are with his family and close companions. Craig’s funeral details are not yet released publically.
Craig was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, and has lived in the US. He earned his BA degree in communications in 1986 from UCLA. In 1991, he completed BA in Advertising Design from the ArtCenter College of Design.
Craig attended the Berlin School of Creative Leadership for two years from 2008 to 2009 and became an Adjunct Professor in 1986 at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and spent two years till 1988.
He also worked as a studio artist for Abert, Newhoff, and Burr. He was the creator and creative director of the Brooklyn-based company.
Craig was a passionate supporter of the arts and an active contributor to the creative community. In 1986, Craig began working as a studio artist, manually arranging type and creating marker comps.
He spent the most time at McCann-Erickson. He worked with practically all of the key clients on the roster there and won multiple awards for Creative Director of the Year.
He later started the young adult-focused platform Tag Ideation and successfully supervised the US Army account’s in US Army Strong campaign.
He had a passion for painting and arts. He was a role model for everyone around him in addition to being an artist.
Craig’s each brushstrokes in his works, which graced community centers and art galleries, reflected his enthusiasm and unique viewpoint.
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