Drawing from his Cuban roots, Armando Mariño’s work is influenced by periods of time living in Cuba, the Netherlands, France and New York’s Hudson Valley, and his experience of dislocation and popular culture. Mariño’s canvases begin with a number of paintings on paper. In oil and watercolour, these studies are the places where the artist’s ideas first come to life – where the composition, colour and surface details are worked out and provide the foundations of his final works. The works on paper are a crucial part of Mariño’s research process as well as being important parts of his wider practice in their own right. The artists then builds up each of his paintings with multiple layers of oil paint, starting with a foundation of cadmium yellow or orange, painstakingly layered until vibrancy is achieved.
Mariño studied art in Havana and Santiago de Cuba in the 1980s and 1990s, and at Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam between 2004 and 2005. His solo exhibitions include Under the Red Light, Galerie Christoff, Copenhagen. Denmark (2012); Drilling America, Pan American Art Projects, Miami (2009); Tervuern’s Tales, Grusenmeyer Art Gallery, Deurle (2007); and The Night inside of the painter’s house, Galerie Jean Brolly, Paris (2006). His group exhibitions include Without Mask, Contemporary Afro Cuban Art, The Von Christierson Collection/Wacht Hill Foundation Museum of Anthropology of the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada (2014); Revolutionary Island:Tales of Cuban History and Culture, Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, California (2013), and Buy what you love 2011,The Rema Hort Mann Foundation, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York (2011). His work is featured in select collections such as Agnes B Art Collection, Paris, France and Deutsche Bank Collection, USA.