Marv Graff’s artwork expertly merges the fields of avant-garde fashion, textile design, sculpture, and historic preservation in order to re-imagine the purpose and aesthetic of old-world objects into contemporary sculpture. His work deals with the power of artistic re-appropriation through unexpected materials. Graff skillfully employs a variety of texture, embellishment, pattern, and decorative details in order to fabricate what he calls “the second skin” of an object, bringing new energy and interpretation to antiques, with a particular interest in French antiquity. His art juxtaposes traditional, old-world objects with contemporary structure and aesthetic, exploring the tension of what the viewer recognizes and what they imagine through the eyes of the artist. Each work conjures multiple meanings and speaks to Graff’s rich interest in cultural nuance and what he calls “the forgotten, swept aside objects” of the past.
Graff's work has been featured in Women's Wear Daily, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle and New York Magazine. In 1979, he won the Pré de Cache award for Young Designer of the Year. He created a knotted tunic commissioned by Mary McFadden that is part of the permanent collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute. In June 2016, Graff graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design with an M.F.A. in Fibers.
Graff lives and works in Savannah, Georgia.