Armando Mariño - Portrait

Armando Marino /   Armando Mariño

Cuba 1968

Installation, Sculpture, Painting

Armando Marino
Armando Mariño
March 2, 2017

Armando Mariño is one of the most popular Cuban contemporary artists, known for paintings that are characterized by the luminous colors like yellow, green, pink and orange, alongside with balanced note of dark shadows. Moving from one city and landscape to another has influenced his artistic focus, by putting the figure and the natural environment in the center of his curiosity, exploration, and inspiration. The imagery in Armando’s work is usually part of media reports about everyday social issues like refugees, war, economy crisis, and ecology that he stands out of the crowd at one point, and later incorporates in his art. Painting with oil and watercolors on paper is the preparatory step towards the creation of the final product that is embodied in large-scale canvases. The essential element of his artwork is color, a medium through which the painting itself is expressed.

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Armando Mariño – Narcissus, watercolor on paper, 2017 (Left) / Armando Mariño – Tree House, oil on canvas, 2015 (Right)

Armando Mariño’s Life Journey

Armando Mariño was born in Santiago, Cuba in 1968, where he got interested in art as a very young boy. Despite the fact he is coming from a family of scientist and his mother’s plans, he followed his artistic path and dreams. Between 1980-1987 he attended Escuela Provincial de Arte “Joaquín Tejada” in Santiago, and from 1987-1992 he studied at the Facultad de Educación Artística del Instituto Superior Pedagógico “Enrique José Varona” in Havana. Here Armando learned to paint, sculpt and draw from skilled teachers, and expanded his awareness of contemporary art theories and concepts. The artist also got educated at the prestigious Rijksakademie van Beldeende Kunsten in Amsterdam in 2004-2005.

Despite the fact he is coming from a family of scientist, he followed his artistic path and dreams

Armando Mariño - The Green House, recent view on watercolor/canvas paper, 2007
Armando Mariño – The Coldest Night, oil on canvas, 2017 (Left) / Armando Mariño – Crying Girl, oil on canvas, 2015 (Right)

All the Catchy Images as Inspiration

The news, daily life, the landscapes, and pictures on the internet are some of the things that draw Mariño’s attention and influence his creativity. The scenery of palm trees, forests, mountains and open waters that were taken during artist’s trips from Netherlands and France to New York’s Hudson Valley are used as a starting point in his work, and yet the end result actually represents the manipulation of the ‘found material’. The digital aspect that Armando implements to his art opens new narratives to the viewers and leaves them with a reconstructed composition that has lost reference to the initial sense of the picture. Each of his paintings is build up with multiple layers of a strong, vivid, intense, and fluorescent palette of oil or watercolors. Series of artworks like New Paintings from 2016 and The Year of Protesters from 2012 are directly connected to social unrests such as Arab Spring, protests, and rebellion, and show the violent and conflict touch of Armando’s motivation.

The end result actually represents the manipulation of the ‘found material’

Armando Mariño cuban gallery works in 2017
Armando Mariño – Memento Mori, oil on canvas, 2013

Honors and Exhibtions

Armando Mariño’s artistic capacity and talent are highly appreciated in all parts of the world. He had the honor that his work was a part of such notable collections as the one at the Coca-Cola Foundation, the Deutsche Bank, De Nederlandsche Bank and many more. He participated in solo and group exhibitions at galleries and museums in Paris, Copenhagen, Ontario, and Madrid.

He lives and works in New York, USA.

Featured image: Armando Mariño – Portrait
All images courtesy of the artist

YearGallery/MuseumName of ExhibitionType
2017BedazzledLehman College Art Gallery, New York, USAGroup
2016New PaintingsCoats and Scarry, Private view, London, UKSolo
2016An Island Apart: Cuban Artists in ExileFisher Gallery, Ohio, USAGroup
2015Summertime 15– The Big Annual Group Show Galleri Christoffer Egelund, DenmarkGroup
2014Without Mask. Contemporary Afro Cuban ArtMuseum of Anthropology of the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, CanadaGroup
2014Post Picasso. Contemporary ReactionsMuseo Picasso, Barcelona, SpainGroup
2013Citizens of the World. Cuba in QueensThe Queen Museum, New York, USAGroup
2013Revolutionary Island: Tales of Cuban History and CultureSonoma Valley Museum of Art, California, USAGroup
2013Lenguaje de PapelFernando Pradilla Gallery, Madrid, SpainGroup
2012Skyline Adrift. Cuban Art and ArchitectureArt Omi Sculpture Field Park, New York, USAGroup
2012Building Identities. Contemporary Cuban Art from the Shelly and Donald Rubin Private CollectionCleveland Clinic’s Art Program Arts & Medicine Institute, OH USAGroup
2012The Waste LandThomas Jaeckel Gallery, New York NY, USASolo
2012Under the Red LightGalerie Christoffer Egelund, Copenhagen, DenmarkSolo
2012Recent Paintings from the Year of the Protester8th Floor Space, New York NY USASolo
2011Keloids. Race and Racism in the Cuban Contemporary ArtThe 8th Floor, New York, USAGroup
2011Sinergias. Latin-American Art in Spain MacufContemporary Art Museum Union Fenosa, Coruna, SpainGroup
2010Cuban Avant-garde: Contemporary Cuban Art from the Farber CollectionKatonah Art Museum, New York, USAGroup
2010Sinergias. Latin-American Art in SpainMEIAC, Badajoz, SpainGroup
2010KeloidsMattress Factory, Pittsburg, USAGroup
2010KeloidsCentro Wifredo Lam, Havana, CubaGroup
2010Cuban Avant-garde: Contemporary Cuban Art from the Farber CollectionLowe Art Museum, University of Miami, FL, USAGroup
2010Without Mask. Contemporary Afro-Cuban ArtJohannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg, South AfricaGroup
2009Cuban Avant-garde: Contemporary Cuban Art from the Farber CollectionThe Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg CanadaGroup
2009Drilling AmericaPan American Art Projects, Miami, FL, USASolo
2008Visiones Publicas. Pasiones PrivadasContemporary Art Museum of Vigo, Vigo, SpainGroup
2008Cuban Avant-garde: Contemporary Cuban Art from the Farber CollectionJordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, California, USAGroup
2008DeconstructHof & Huyser Gallery, Amsterdam, NetherlandsGroup
2008Something and Something ElseExhibition Oce Art Foundation in Museum Van Bommel van Dam, Venlo NetherlandsGroup
2007Restos. Estudio Arteologico. Muestra tematica de la coleccion permanenteContemporary Art Museum of Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto RicoGroup
2007Cuban Avant-garde: Contemporary Cuban Art from the Farber CollectionRingling Museum, Tampa Florida, USAGroup
2007Cuban Avant-garde: Contemporary Cuban Art from the Farber CollectionHarn Museum of Art , Florida USAGroup
2007InteriorsFernando Pradilla Gallery, Madrid, Spain,Solo
2007Tervuern’s TalesGrusenmeyer Art Gallery Deurle, Belgium,Solo
2006The Night inside of the painter’s houseGalerie Jean Brolly, Paris FranceSolo
2006More than Meet the Eyes. Perspectives from The Robert E Holmes CollectionCalifornia Africa-American Museum L,A, USAGroup
2006Looking Back, Looking Black African-American, African, and Latino Images from the Robert E. Holmes CollectionThe Kansas African-American Museum, Kansas USAGroup
2006New AcquisitionsCBK Ámsterdam, NetherlandsGroup
2006Crash-ClashHof & Huyser Gallery, Ámsterdam, The NetherlandsSolo
2005Berezdivin CollectionEspacio 1414, Opening Exhibition, San Juan, Puerto RicoGroup
2005Mi Cuerpo, Mi Pais. Cuban Art TodayU,V,A Art Museum, University of Virginia, Virginia, USAGroup
2005Contemporary Paintings of Latin-AmericaThe DeVos Museum, Northern Michigan University USAGroup
2005New Paintings. Group showHof & Huyser Gallery, Ámsterdam, NetherlandsGroup
2005New adquisitionsThe Nederlandsche Bank, Ámsterdam, NetherlandsGroup
2005Winter ShowHof & Huyser Gallery, Ámsterdam, NetherlandsGroup
2005Young PaintersGrusenmeyer Art Galerie, Deurle, Belgium,Group
2005Beautiful World. Project Room OostRijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Ámsterdam, NetherlandsSolo
2005Open AteliersRijskakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam, NetherlandsGroup
2005Recent PaintingsFernando Pradilla Gallery, Madrid, Spain,Solo
2004Open AteliersRijskakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam, NetherlandsGroup
2004CollectiveGaleria METTA, Madrid, SpainGroup
2004Paintings..Project Room EastRijsakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam, NetherlandsSolo
2004Inside-outside. Contemporary Cuban ArtCharlotte and Phillp Hanes Art Galllery, Wake Forest University, Florida, USAGroup
2003La ColecciónEspacio Camargo, Cantabria, SpainGroup
2003Centimetro a centimetroFernado Pradilla Gallery, Madrid, SpainGroup
2003Esteticamente correctoFernando Pradilla Gallery, Madrid, Spain,Solo
2003VIII Bienal de la HabanaLa Cabaña, Havana, CubaGroup
2003Catastrofe MinimeMuseo de Nuoro, Cerdana, ItalyGroup
2002DerGlobalKomplex. OKCentrum fur Gegenwartskunst, Linz, AustriaGroup
2002Erased Border. Contemporary FairProject Room, Miami FL, USAGroup
2002BotinMarcelino Botin Foundation, Santander, SpainGroup
2002From my bathtubGaleria RAY GUN, Valence, SpainSolo
2002Arte en las VenasMuseo Cruz Herrera, La Linea de la Concepción, Cadiz, SpainSolo
2002Con permiso de mi antropólogoGaleria Ad Hoc, Vigo, SpainSolo
2001Más AlláMuseo Iberoamericano de Arte contemporáneo,(MEIAC) Badajoz, SpainSolo
2001La angustia de las influenciasGalería Theredoom, Barcelona, SpainSolo
2001In uteroGary Nader Fine Art, Miami, USASolo
2000The Young OnesGary Nader Fine Art, Miami, USA,Group
2000Más AlláCentro Wifredo Lam, Havana, CubaSolo
2000Recent paintingsInternational Art Studio Valjevo, YugoslaviaSolo
1999Para los otros del tercer mundoGalería Ángel Romero, Madrid, SpainSolo
1999Recent WorksGary Nader Fine Art, Miami, USASolo
1999Internacional ExhibitionART-OMI Residency, New York, USAGroup
1998XXXe Festival internacional de la PeintureChâteau-Musée Grimaldi, Cagnes sur Mer, FranceGroup
1998Hidden Art of RevolutionContemporary Cuban Art, Toronto, Ontario, CanadaGroup
1998Caribe, exclusión, fragmentación y paraísoM,E,A,C, (Museo Extremeño e Iberoamericano de Arte Contemporáneo, Badajoz, SpainGroup
1998Obra Recienteala de Exposiciones Palacio de Abrantes, Salamanca, SpainSolo
1997InsideInternational Art Exhibition, Kassel, GermanyGroup
1997Obra RecienteGalería Ángel Romero, Madrid, SpainSolo
1997VI Bienal de La HabanaCasona del Fondo Cubano de Bienes Culturales, Havana, CubaGroup
1996Nostra NusquamaGalería Espacio Estudio, Havana, CubaSolo
1996Tercera Bienal de Pintura del CaribeMuseo de Arte Moderno, Santo Domingo, Dominican RepublicGroup
1996Río Almendrales. Ni fresa ni chocolateCENCREM, Havana, CubaGroup
1996Des-Colon-izando el entornoCentro Wifredo Lam, Havana, CubaSolo
1995UntitledPrimer Salón Nacional de Arte Contemporáneo Cubano, Castillo de la Fuerza y Palacio de Bellas Artes, Havana, CubaGroup
1994Los dados de medianocheGalería Espuela de Plata, Centro de Desarrollo de las Artes Visuales, Havana, CubaGroup
1993Arqueología de la SimulaciónCentro de Arte 23 y 12, Havana, CubaSolo
1990El Objeto esculturadoCentro de Desarrollo de las Artes Visuales, Havana, CubaGroup