Based in Baltimore, Maryland, Mario C. Sam observes, gathers and borrows from the world around him to create dynamic, thought-provoking work that hints at neglected and long-forgotten memories and the conflicting emotions that surround them.
In his current studio practice, Mario explores the importance of process as he believes methodical, technical processes are vital to unlocking the subconscious. He uses color as a way to communicate feelings and state of mind rather than physical reality.
Mario frequently combines photography, graphite, inks, watercolors, and acrylics, found images and digital elements on board and art papers. The juxtaposition of these images on selected backgrounds creates tension that forces the audience to look closer at the work, questioning its origin and final outcome, much as one does memories that at first appear hazy as they float to the surface of the mind. The blur between analog and digital techniques in his work again reflects the balance between the conscious, process-oriented mind, and the freeform thoughts and feelings of the subconscious.
Mario holds a BFA from The Maryland Institute College of Art and is currently pursuing an MFA in Studio Art from Towson University.