Armando Mariño, ‘Lonely Girl’, 2013, 532 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel

About Armando Mariño

Armando Mariño produces richly expressive paintings, sculptures, and installations that merges abstraction and representation, the everyday and the surreal, and nature and culture. Among his sculptures, for example, is a house upraised atop a forest of human legs. His paintings also feature fantastical imagery, including a girl sprouting mushrooms from her body. The colors in his paintings are hyper-bright, recalling the saturated hues of our digital culture. Decidedly of his time, Mariño often seeks the spark for his work online. As he has explained: “I just Google an image and save it until I’m ready to use it...It’s the way that the picture talks to you...but also...the way you can add something. There’s something else that comes only from the hands of the painter.”

Cuban, b. 1968