Marenko van Doormalen was born in Eindhoven (1968) where he still lives today.
Photography did not come naturally to him. Graduating from university as a Master of Laws he worked for a few years at an insurance company before enlisting the art academy of AKV St. Joost in Breda. He followed courses for one year before leaving.
He participated in several group exhibitions of young upcoming painters in Eindhoven, Dicksmuide and Amsterdam.
As a painter he was influenced by the work of Bruno Bettelheim who saw an important role for myths and fairytales within our society.
The photographs he made were at that point used as preliminary sketches for ideas and inspiration for paintings.
A 1980's documentary on the photographer Joel Meyerowitz at work in the streets of New York inspired Marenko to start taking pictures in the street.