“Matter is condensed light"
My work explores the strength of the topography and natural territory, conceived as an energy living mantle constantly moving; Epidermal stratification wrought by time, with a telluric language emerging, pressing, gravitating, revealing through the landscape.
I seek to cover different scales within my artistic approach, from the massiveness of the mountains and rocks, through its decanting process and fragmentation up to the stone as the basic unit.
I am interested in the matter as condensation of light and its process of transformation and expansion of energy over time, releasing weight to return to the origin.
Mario Rodriguez "MAREO" is a multidisciplinary artist born in Mexico city in 1981, raised in Colombia and based in Barcelona.
Mareo gained a B.A. Architecture at UPB Medellin (2004), a master in Design at Elisava Barcelona (2006) and a master in Arts at UNA, Buenos Aires, Argentina (2013).
He has made 16 solo exhibitions and participated in diferent art fairs and projects in North America, Latin America , Middle east, Asia and Europe, such as "Arte nel Bosco" Land art project in Italy (2016), Art Toronto (2017), "Viaggio" at Palazzo Ferrero in Italy (2018), L.A. Art show (2018), "Carre Latin" at Palais Royal in Paris (2018), Sharjah Islamic arts festival in Emirates (Editions 2018, 2019), Artefiera Bologna (2019, 2020), Art Palmsprings (2020), ArtVerona (2021), Illumia NFT monolith event inaugurated by Deepak Chopra in Miami (2021), "Portals" solo exhibition presenting 4 installations at Valletta contemporary, Malta (2021), He has participated in Istanbul Triennial with a site specific installation in a fortress (2022), Mareo was part of a group show alongside works of Christo and Jeanne Claude at Hexton Gallery, Aspen (2022), the same year he placed an installation at "Wavelength" exhibition at Times art museum, Beijing, China.
Several publications of his work have been made, among which 3 books stand out: "Expansion" published by Italian gallery E3 contemporanea and Vanillaedizioni in 2018, self edited book "Matter is condensed light" 2020 and VC 03 featuring "Portals" exhibition by Valletta Contemporary, Malta 2022.