Tessa Mars (1985) is a Haitian visual artist born and raised in Port-au-Prince. She completed a Bachelor's degree in Visual Arts at Rennes 2 University in France in 2006 after which she returned to live and work in Haiti. Mars's work has been shown recently in the collective exhibition “One month after being known on that island” (2020) at the Kulturstiftung Basel H. Geiger in Basel and in her solo show "Île modèle - Manman zile - Island template" (2019) with le Centre d’Art in Port-au-Prince. She also participated in the Berlin Biennale X in 2018.

In her practice Mars proposes Storytelling and Image making as transformative strategies for survival, resistance, empowerment and healing. Her main body of work is centered around her alter ego, Tessalines, a hybrid character based on the leader of the Haitian revolution, Jean-Jacques Dessalines. Through this character created in 2015 Mars investigates gender, History, traditions and she challenges dominant narratives that seek to simplify and flatten the experience of people in the “margins”.

Tessa Mars is a 2020-2022 resident fellow at the Rijksakademie Van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam.