I fabricate the chaos from which the viewer’s eye interprets the macro, the micro, and the epic idiosyncratic. Through the repeated marriage of surface and tool, something emerges from nothing, and I begin to form small universes, each a relic of the arduous performance of repeated gestures. I create to reinforce the un-deniability of my own existence. I create to subvert the impermanence of life.
Physically, my wrist is the fulcrum upon which the marks churn forth, a direct line from the mind to the page. Compositionally, the work is pushed right to the radiant edge where creation becomes destruction. Naturally, this is a practice based on endurance. In an endless quest to harness the sublime power of the infinite, I fall ever short. I accept this as a condition of my limitations even as I continue to push those limitations. My work stands as evidence of both my Quixotic ambitions and Sisyphean labor. The energy embedded in each piece is self-evident.
Artist Bio / CV
Mario received his Masters of Fine Arts from the San Francisco Art Institute and was chosen from numerous graduating Bay Area artists to be included in Art Benicia's “Cream from the Top Exhibition”. While attending the San Francisco Art Institute, Mario founded the "Ways and Means Independent Student Exhibition" in 2008. He formed a group of inspiring art majors, who collaborated with Mario to raised money, designed and produced catalogs and rented and renovated a space for a two month period. Also within that year, Trejo was awarded a Roots and Divisions Grant via Mildred Howard to build Birdhouses in the Cohen Alley, which were also shown at the luggage store annex. During the "Cream from the Top Exhibition” panel, that was moderated by Kenneth Baker, Mario was able to discuss his own piece of works to the audience. In 2009 Trejo interned for the curator, Lance Fung, at the the Site Santa Fe 2008 Biennial, “Lucky Number Seven”. In 2009 Trejo was the exhibitions director for the Museum of Pocket Art. In 2011 Mario was on an experimental painting panel moderated by William Conger. In 2012 Mario had two Museum shows, Elmhurst Art Museum and a two part show at the Illinois State Museum. Later that year Mario became a global artist with the representation of Herringer Kiss Gallery of Calgary Canada and Koki Arts of Tokyo Japan.
2008 M.F.A., San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco ,CA
2005 B.F.A., School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
for show list see mariotrejo.com