Mauro Oliveira was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil and raised under extreme poverty. He and his six siblings were sent to a military state run orphanage after both parents passed away in their 30’s. He feels he is living proof that people’s generosity can save lives and make dreams come true.
Growing up, Mauro studied hard and surmounted every obstacle on his way, dreaming of making it to America one day. He made it to college where he studied Journalism and the Arts. He immigrated to the U.S. in 1990.
Mauro has worked in several different art modalities from oil pastels, charcoal sketches to mixed media on resin. His greatest influences are Pablo Picasso and the Spanish artist Joan Miro.
He believes the artist should express their emotions and feelings through art. Each piece should have a beginning, a middle and an end, with an individual outlook and interpretation for each observer.
“What I might be really trying to do is represent the complexity of the inner self in a simple clean way using vivid colors.”