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“My family has always encouraged me to work with my hands. I think a moment in my life that affected my ambitions was when I moved away from my family. The distance made me try to reconnect with them in the only way I could, by making sculpture.”
Profile: Mario A Mutis, an honors graduate of the prestigious Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), was born in Colombia and came to the US in 2002. Asked when he realized he had artistic abilities, he said that for as long he can remember he was fascinated working with his hands, making clay figurines, and building with raw materials he would find in the hills near his birthplace in Bogota. While sculpture was his first love, lately Mario’s passion for music merged with his desire to create objects, an exciting and new art form. Mario is scheduled to begin graduate studies at the University of Florida in fall 2012.
Inspiration: “My father, Mario Mutis Sancez, has been my most influencial mentor, not only because what he taught me about art, life, love, pain, joy, and just about everything he knew, but because if it had not been for his faith in me that I could succeed I would have not done so. I see it in his eyes and hear it in his voice . . . he’s proud of who I became, and I live to make him proud.”
Aspiration: Mario hopes one day to teach on the college level, while at the same time “learn alongside great artists.”
Making a Difference: For Mario, receiving the JKCF Scholarship is the most important event so far in his life. “I have never been awarded anything like this, nothing close to it,” said Mario. “I am a modest person, but this is something I’m not shy to share with my friends and family.”
Accolades: Mario received the MICA achievement Award for the 2010-2011 academic year and was awarded Best in Show, at the 2010 Juried Undergraduate Ceramics Show.
Interesting Fact: Mario taught himself to play guitar, flute, drum, Quena, and the charango. He also taught himself to crochet and to make his own musical instruments.
Undergraduate Transfer Scholar
University of Pennsylvania