Visual Artist Mario Sostre was born in the Bronx and raised in Hell’s Kitchen in NYC

Mario Sostre was born in the Bronx and raised in Hell’s Kitchen in NYC. He studied at Fashion Institute of Technology, Manhattan Graphics Center, The Art Students League, and Cooper Union and has actively exhibited his work in the Greater New York City since the 1980’s.

By Lisa Salerno

I really love the new works on paper. This new series has a great balance of color and texture. I see a combination of paint, collage, and possibly also printmaking? Will you tell me a bit about your process in creating these?

I just started rolling paint on paper with a brayer, letting it dry then adding another layer. I cut out circles to lay on top of the dry paint, and rolled more paint to get the under painting, not

knowing what I was doing until I heard the news about the planets, That when I said to myself that they are planet circles; and that’s it really.

There certainly are a lot of circles in this series. Is there symbolism behind it or is your use of circles a purely intuitive or aesthetic decision?

A little of both. How the series started was I heard on the news that NASA, the space agency discovered a solar system with planets like ours. Well that got the ball rolling, no pun intended.

I see a lot of possible influences in your work, from Modern to Post-modern and Contemporary. What would you say are your biggest artistic influences?

One of the leading influences that got me started was when I saw a Robert Rauschenberg exhibition, it left me breathless to see all the chaos of objects some how making sense. Another of course is Andy Warhol and then along came Basquiat which I immediately had a connection, since he was part Puerto Rican, that sealed everything for me.

You have been active as an artist in NYC since the 1980’s. Do you feel as though location can has an impact on an artist’s work? If so, how has the city environment affected your art?

Oh,sure it has. My work has definitely been influenced by living in NYC, especially in Hell’s Kitchen in the 60’s,70’s,80’s to the present. My work has a fast pace action, just like the city, constant moving of people, cars, buses noise, and weather.

I use various kinds of paint, found objects…whatever is at hand. In the 80’s I co-founded a theater company called Teator Alegre, we performed mostly in the Lower Eastside. These are some of the flyers I made to promote our shows, people loved them.

Over the years, you have been involved with projects to raise awareness for AIDS. What role do artists play in creating social change? What can other artists do to help a cause they believe in?

They can start by being aware of their surroundings and try to make a positive input where needed. By finding out what the cause is and if it’s something that moves them.

Anything else you’d like to share?

I wish that the world be a place of peace, where the children have no fear.

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One Response


    Hi Mario,

    Teriffic artworks !! I am very happy for the success you have had the past 20 years.


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