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“Don’t be afraid to make mistakes, to fail,” advises Cuban-American artist Mario Petrirena.  He shared his personal philosophy in Mood Ring. Mood Ring is a segment of Burnaway. Burnaway publishes a magazine and daily content that celebrates art in the South. Mario is the latest artist to be featured in Mood Ring. His article is titled “Mario Petrirena: Personal Thoughts on Process and Progress.” In the short journal-style piece, he provides guidance for budding artists as well as overall tips on living life. He writes: “You have to have a certain strength to put your work out there. Do it. The good, the bad and the ugly; all make us who we are.”

Along with his advice on art and life, he also shared photographs of his current works in progress. He collects old items and pieces from magazines to create collages in his artworks.

Mario Petrirena lives and works in Atlanta. His artworks, which include sculpture and installation, often express his dual-heritage and identity as an exile.  Petrirena attended the Rochester Institute of Technology School for American Craftsmen and the University of Florida. His work is visible in the collections of the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA; the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, FL; Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, The Cintas Foundation, NY; the Carter Presidential Center, the Paul Jones Collection at the University of Delaware; MOCA GA, the Ogden Museum in New Orleans and numerous private collections.

Read more about Mario Petrirena on the CANY Blog

Cintas Foundation Link

Cuba Art NY Link

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Mario Petrirena – Dynamic Convention

October 6 – November 21, 2012

Gordon Parks Gallery
The College of New Rochelle
John Cardinal O’Connor Campus
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Mario Petrirena – A fable, a poem, a rumor

Dec 2, 2011 to January 7, 2012

Opening December 2, 2011 from 7 to 9 PM

Sandler Hudson Gallery

1009-A Marietta St NW

Atlanta, GA 30318

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Portfolio: The artwork of Mario Petrirena

Cuban-born artist Mario Petrirena immigrated to the United States in 1962 at the age of eight. As one of 14,000 children who arrived in the United States in what was called Operation Pedro Pan, Petrirena and his siblings lived in an orphanage in Colorado for nearly a year before reuniting with their parents in Belle Glade, Florida. It was in this small town next to Lake Okeechobee where Petrirena received his initiation in American culture. He says, “Most of the Cubans that came early on thought that Fidel would fall and they would be able to go back and Cuba would resume as a democracy or a better Cuba. At first they really believed that. There was always a real appreciation about what this country had to offer as far as the ideals – the freedom of speech and being able to vote for a presid

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Mario Petrirena – Collage two ways

Collage two ways: Mario Petrirena and Daniel Biddy

Artists Mario Petrirena and Daniel Biddy are currently showing collages at Sandler Hudson Gallery and Barbara Archer Gallery, respectively.

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Identity and the Accumulation of Memory – NYC

December 4 – December 27, 2013

Group Show with the following artists participating:

Nelson Alvarez, Tony Chirino, Margarita Fresco Crespo, Guillermo Llorente, Renelio Marin, Alexis Mendoza, Mario Petrirena, Jesus Rivera, Juana Valdez, and Raul Villareal.

Opening Reception December 6th from 6-9pm


Boricua College Art Gallery
3755 Broadway (@156th St.)
New York, NY


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Transcending Narratives of Humanity- Selected works CINTAS Foundation

January 15 – May 31, 2013

Miami Dade College
Freedom Tower
600 Biscayne Blvd,
Miami, FL

The MDC Museum of Art + Design (MoAD) presentsTranscending Narratives of Humanity: Selected Works from the CINTAS Foundation Fellows Collection at its National Historic Landmark Freedom Tower. Free and open to the public.

Transcending Narratives of Humanity explores artists who use art as successful vehicles of narrative, presenting works that conjure the darkest corners of the subconscious, magical reconstructions of inanimate objects and mastery of form, while investigating the interrogation of our personal and cultural identity in modern society.

The minimal exhibition features just six works by CINTAS Foundation Fellows Ernesto de la Vega Pujol, Pablo Cano, Mario Petrirena, Juan Nickford, Ernesto Oroza and María Elena González. Curated by MDC MoAD Curatorial Assistant Natalie Pérez, this exhibition reflects the CINTAS Foundation’s vision and multidisciplinary approach to the contemporary artists it supports.

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3rd Bronx Latin American Art Biennial 2012

October 6 – November 21, 2012

Gordon Parks Gallery
College of New Rochelle Annex
John Cardinal O’Connor Campus
149th Street, Bronx New York

Featured artist include:

  • Anthony Chirinos
  • Carolina Bazo
  • Carlos Barberena
  • Dora Lopez Prieto
  • Erick Sanchez
  • Esteban Figueroa
  • Juan Fernando Morales
  • Hatuey Ramos Fermin
  • José Peña
  • Juan Dolhare
  • Juana Valdes
  • Juanita Lanzo
  • Mario Petrirena
  • Melissa A. Calderon
  • Nestor Madalengoitia
  • Ricardo Hernández

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