The Thomas Jaeckel Gallery is pleased to present the Solo exhibition in New York of Armando Mariño, entitled The Waste Land.
The exhibition features new paintings in oil on canvas and paper.
The title of the show refers immediately to the T.S Elliot poem, but Marino’s paintings are by no means an illustration of it. In his paintings the artist recognizes the poem as a background of his work,” it help me to put together all the paintings”. The style of the poem overall is marked by the hundreds of allusions and quotations from other texts, like my paintings. Marino is inspired by current images in the media to create new narrative resulting in large scale paintings, colorful and intense, classic and obscure; "high-brow" and "low-brow layered ad infintum that the viewer has to look at closer to discover.
If the subject of his previous show was the mass protests, the revolution and tumult of the last year, the artist is now more focused on the contradictions and frictions between the spirituality and the chaos of the world we live in today. His paintings come from various sources, two Tibetan monks, a spiritual man from India, a Western landscape in autumn are some of the images that serve him this time as material for his new works.
In 2010 he moved to New York from Madrid as part of the ISCP Brooklyn for one year and participated at the exhibition Keloids, Mattress Factory Museum Pittsburgh. Between 2010 and 2012 his work has drawn the attention of several critics and curators in USA. He was invited to participate in several exhibitions such as The Museo's Biennial (S) Files. Museo del Barrio. New York. USA 2011 and Building Identities Contemporary Cuban Art from the Shelly and Donald Rubin Private Collection. Cleveland Clinic's Art Program Arts & Medicine Institute. OH.2012
2011/ 2012 he was invited as Artist Studio in residency at the Bronx Museum, New York he was awarded with The Pollock Krasner Grant.
His works are in many private and public collections:
The Donald and Shelley Rubin Collection, the Deutsche Bank Collection USA.
The Howard Farber Collection USA, The Berardo Collection Portugal
The Netherland Bank Holland, National Museum of Fine Art Cuba, The Coca Cola Foundation Spain, among others
His first solo show in May here in New York Recent Paintings from the year of the Protester took place in The 8 Floor Space, with the support of the Rubin Foundation and The Bronx Museum. As a result he was invited to participate in Project V at Hudson Valley Contemporary Art Center Peekskill and his sculpture “EXILED” is part of Skyline Adrift Cuban Art and Architecture on view at Art Omi. Ghent New York. From 2012 to 2013.