Renowned Sculpture Artist - Mario Chiodo - at Gallery 1870 - FINE ART NAPA - Art Walk 2024 - February 10th & 11th
Mario Chiodo - Art Walk Napa 2024
MARIO CHIODO - A young artist with severe color blindness defied the odds and became a legendary sculptor, artist & designer who brought life to historical monuments, national icons, horrific monsters and angelic beings.
Gallery 1870 - FINE ART NAPA is pleased to announce that Mario Chiodo will be participating in Artwalk Napa 2024
Saturday February 10th - 11:00 - 5:00 PM Sunday, February 11th from 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Come meet the artist and see his inspiring sketches and breathtaking sculptures.
MARIO CHIODO Master Storyteller Through Art
From depictions of individuals who made history to mythical, magical figures, Mario Chiodo searches for the FINE ART in every commission he receives.
Mario Chiodo has been the designer and lead sculptor of his own diverse creative art business for over 40 years. Beginning in the 1980’s, Chiodo entered the art world through the Halloween industry, quickly becoming a leading designer of seasonal wearables and décor, revolutionizing the industry with his enigmatic design. Chiodo was granted licensing rights to create popular collectibles for major film studios such asLucas Films,Warner Brothers,Disney,Paramount Pictures,Arnold Schwarzenegger,andUniversal Studios. This success resulted in Chiodo becoming a public company in the 1990’s expanding his position in the consumer product industry.
Simultaneously, themed architecture was exploding in the 90’s and Chiodo received requests for site specific sculpture all over the country. Mario worked closely with theHarrah’s Corporationand was responsible for many of the spectacular themed projects inLas VegasandNew Orleanssuch as the massiveHistory of Jazzexhibit. Chiodo’s dynamic artworks have been commissioned for everything from themed restaurants, clubs, casinos, hotels, museum exhibits, a children’s theme park, and evenGoogle headquarters.Chiodo was honored to be chosen to sculpt the founder of theU.S. Air Force AcademyinColorado Springs,General Hubert Harmon.
In his own series of fine art, Chiodo reveals the personality and emotion of the historical figures he depicts.Abraham Lincoln, the Great Emancipator– a sculpture that reveals the pain and exhaustion of the difficult decisions made by the 16thPresident – is in the collection of former California GovernorArnold Schwarzenegger. Chiodo’s storytelling depiction ofNelson Mandela,Victory over Apartheid, is in the collections of bothOprah WinfreyandDr. Maya Angelou.
Inspired by the horrific events of 9/11, Chiodo shifted his focus to creating a monument with the power to unite people.Remember Them: Champions for Humanitywas unveiled in September 2013 and is the largest bronze monument west of the Mississippi dedicated to human and civil rights. In December of 2012, Mario Chiodo spoke at theTEDx ConferenceinNapa Valleyabout theRemember Them Monument.
Chiodo continues to receive historical commissions such asa tribute to Harriet Tubmanof theUnderground RailroadinWilmington, Delaware, and passionate memorial sculpture for a recently unearthedCivil Warcemetery inAlexandria, Virginia.
Since relocating his studio toNapa Valley, California, Chiodo immersed himself in the themes of the wine country and created a series of fine art titled theNapa Valley Collection. He was hired by a private wine estate to sculptThe Four Seasons, which he rendered symbolically with evocative figures.The 150 Year Toastimagines a gathering of some of the anchors of the wine industry, and Farm to Table pays homage to the astounding culinary culture, agriculture, and wine pairing in theNapa Valley. In reaction to the global angst, Chiodo transitioned his Fine Art to the exploration of the theatre of humanity and its connection to Source through a series of passionate angels that embody human emotions and characteristics in breathtaking gesture.
Recent commissions include a monument to theLegacy of Frederick Douglasfor theBoston Public Art Commission, a nine-foot sculpture of the14thDalai Lamafor hismonasteryinIthica, NY, and a giant size sculpture of afamous movie characterforWarner Brothers. Chiodo is in development for new inspirational artwork that conveys history for an upcoming exhibit at theSupreme Court in San Franciscoand a monument honoring women who have become leaders in the wine industry.
For the last 25 years, Chiodo art has offered internships at the studio targeting young art talent which he believes contributes to a better world.