Marvin Dana Baker was born in 1951 in North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. He is a member of the Coast Salish Nation, Squamish Tribe, Capilano Reservation. The Nation is located in the southern region of the province.
Marvin’s interest in carving began at age of 12 and has been creating West Coast Native art since then. He credits his father Benjamin Dick and his prominent artist brother Beau Dick for influencing him to begin carving.
Marvin is an adaptable artist who primarily uses the burl section of yellow and red cedar as his medium for carving. He produces two and three-dimensional pieces and especially enjoys carving large full-scale pieces. In the many years Marvin has been carving for several exhibitions he has been invited to and has assisted in numerous monumental commissions. Marvin said one of his most memorable events was being invited to carve fifteen “Sea Monster Masks” for the APEC Summit Meeting held in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada in 1997. Each mask was a gift to the respective heads of state of the participating nations.
Marvin’s work can be found in galleries, corporate buildings and private collections throughout Canada and overseas. His future plans include taking a course in Silver-Jewellery making at the Vancouver Vocational Institute.