Mario Realegeno Discusses How Skateboarding Informs His Artworks

While doing wall rides and painting a public work.

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Mario Realegeno is a professional skateboarder and interdisciplinary artist from Los Angeles, California. Realegeno’s street style of skating informs his practice that encompasses oil paintings, acrylic works and public installations. The Berrics recently connected with Realegeno to discuss his passion for skateboarding and how it influences his vivid creations.

Realegeno has been skating professionally since 2004. He has been covered by a slew of major publications in the industry including Transworld Skateboarding Magazine, Skate Jawn, Low Card Mag, as well as Japan-based lifestyle magazines, Ollie and Eyes Cream Mag. His paintings merge abstraction with figuration as he spearheads an intuitive approach to developing works, and sometimes experimental, with his more recent works created using his non-dominant, left hand. From unruly scrawling dominating the canvas to flat portraits set against geometric shapes, Realegeno’s compositions largely reference his personal experiences of growing up in LA.

“If he’s not out skateboarding you will find Mario in his home studio working on his various paintings. Each of his paintings and sculptures are unique bodies of work that stand true to his views of the world around him,” as per a statement on Realegeno’s website.

Check out the video above to learn more about Realegeno’s skateboarding and art backgrounds. He also shows off a freshly-painted fridge as part of the Los Angeles Utility box Art program.

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