“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.
My creative journey spans diverse scales and forces of nature inherent to the landscape. From the monumental presence of mountains that melt into the ocean, the convergence of ether and earth through lightnings, rock formations to their gradual disintegration and fragmentation, down to the elemental unit—the stone itself.
The perception of matter as the condensation of light and in understanding its intricate process of transformation and energy expansion across epochs. This matter, over time, sheds its weight, seeking to return to its luminous source.
The Nature as a force of creation that can be transmuted into a spiritual experience.
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.