Changarrito with Mark Puente


Mark Puente, Lotería, 2016, Wood, milk-paint, lasers, Each Card 16 x 12”

Mark Puente, Lotería, 2016, Wood, milk-paint, lasers, Each Card 16 x 12”

Saturday, February 18, 2017, 12:00 – 3:00 pm at Mexic-Arte Museum
Sunday, February 19, 2017, 12:00 – 3:00 pm at Mexic-Arte Museum

Mark Puente (1977, Boston, Massachusetts) draws inspiration from folk art, growing up in Guatemala, and the art and imagery of Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). His pen and ink illustrations take on new life and meaning, as they are laser-etched onto milk-paint finished wood and other mediums. Mark also has a burgeoning interest in exploring the practice of printmaking. These modern folk works are produced in Mark’s East Austin home and studio, Nailivic Studios. His wife, Amy Exah, assists on the creative and business sides of the studio. The name is derived from the spelling of “civilian” backwards, and draws its root from the fact that “a civilian has both the right and the responsibility to change society for the best, by any means necessary”. Puente uses art as his tool of choice.