“Matter is condensed light"
My work explores the strength of topography and natural territory, which I see as a living mantle of energy in constant motion. I'm fascinated by the epidermal stratification wrought by time, the telluric language that emerges, presses, gravitates, and reveals itself through the landscape.
In my artistic approach, I aim to cover different scales, from the massiveness of mountains and rocks to their decanting process and fragmentation, and down to the stone as the basic unit. I am drawn to the matter as a condensation of light and its process of transformation and expansion of energy over time. To me, the material world is weighty and dense, yet it has the capacity to return to the origin, releasing energy as it does so.
Through my work, I seek to reveal the innate beauty of the natural world, while exploring the fundamental forces that shape it. By embracing the power of the topography, I hope to inspire a deeper connection with the earth and the energy that sustains us all.
Mario Rodriguez "MAREO" (born in Mexico City in 1981) is a multidisciplinary artist who grew up in Colombia and is currently based in Barcelona. He obtained a B.A. in Architecture from UPB Medellin in 2004, a master's degree in Design from Elisava Barcelona in 2006, and a master's degree in Arts from UNA in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2013.
Mareo has gained recognition for his work through 16 solo exhibitions and participation in various art fairs and projects across North America, Latin America, the Middle East, Asia, and Europe. Notable exhibitions and events include "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 Palm Springs (2020), ArtVerona (2021), Illumia NFT monolith event inaugurated by Deepak Chopra in Miami (2021), "Portals" solo exhibition presenting four installations at Valletta Contemporary, Malta (2021), and his participation in the Istanbul Triennial with a site-specific installation in a fortress (2022). In 2022, Mareo was part of a group show alongside works of Christo and Jeanne Claude at Hexton Gallery in Aspen and placed an installation at "Wavelength" exhibition at Times art museum in Beijing, China.
Mareo's work has been published in various publications, including three books: "Expansion" published by Italian gallery E3 contemporanea and Vanillaedizioni in 2018, a self-edited book "Matter is condensed light" in 2020, and VC 03 featuring "Portals" exhibition by Valletta Contemporary, Malta in 2022.