Mario Moore

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Her Mooredog

Artist of the Month, July 2015

Work1 Title: Mom says im her sun Year: 2015 Materials: Oil on copper Dimensions: H 72 W 36 D 1 Work2 Title: Queen Mother Helen Moore Year: 2015 Materials: Oil on copper Dimensions: H 36 W 24 D 1 Work3 Title: Yeah G-ma don’t play Year: 2015 Materials: Oil on copper Dimensions: H 36 W 24 D 1 Work4 Title: Herstory Year: 2013 Materials: Oil on copper Dimensions: H 34 W 28 D 1 Work5 Title: PTSD for a lifetime it seems Year: 2015 Materials: Oil on canvas Dimensions: H 60 W 84 D 1


My work is an exploration of the self and those around me. For centuries, black bodies have been put in the spotlight as spectacles. My work counteracts the constant minstrel representation of African Americans that is often portrayed through mass media. I give my subjects a sense of control that does not allow the viewer to be passive, but draws them in as a direct participant.

Creating work that challenges the viewer’s perception of Blackness, I am not interested in perpetuating the use of stereotypes or satirical images to demean black culture. Instead, I draw from life experiences—connecting viewers to my culture, family and generation. The pieces I create are visceral, metaphorical, confrontational and unapologetic. I want to create a powerful experience for the viewer.

I often portray myself in my work to depict the experiences of Black men in America. My work functions as a mediator between two worlds—the viewer becomes a part of the painting and feels the narrative as if it were their own story. There was a time I wanted viewers to feel empathy when examining my work.What is important now is that viewers have the ability to interact with the stories my images tell, carrying away meanings that alter their outlook.


Yale University, New Haven, CT
MFA in Painting    2013

College for Creative Studies
BFA in Illustration    2009

Studio Art Centers International
Spring semester    2008
Mothers and Sons, Knox College, Galesburg, IL   2015

The Study at Yale, New Haven, CT   2012

Slow Jamz, Jessie Edelman Studio, Brooklyn, NY   2015

Respond, Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY   2015

A Rose is a Rose, The Butcher’s Daughter, New York, NY   2014

Forecast: Overflow, Brown and Juanita C. Ford Art Gallery Downtown Campus, Detroit, MI   2014

Do the Yale Thing: An Exhibition of Exceptional Artwork by Recent Yale MFA Graduates,
N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art, Detroit, MI   2014

Corpus Americus, Driscoll Babcock Galleries, New York, NY   2013

Kumusha (The Shona word for “Home”), Public Pool, Hamtramck , MI and Harare, Zimbabwe   2013

MFA Thesis show, Yale School of Art Green Gallery, New Haven, CT   2013

Great American Artists-Part III: The Seeds,
Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit, MI    2012

First Year Graduate Show, Yale School of Art Green Gallery, New Haven, CT   2011

Mines Yours, Gallery Project, Ann Arbor, MI   2010

Politics of Fear, Gallery Project, Ann Arbor, MI   2010

Figure Exhibition, Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, Birmingham, MI    2010

Great American Artist Exhibit, Arts league of Michigan, Detroit, MI     2010

Taylor Aldridge, “In Conversation with Artist Mario Moore”, Arts. Black:

Place: Brooklyn, NY