Mariano Chelo was born in Bosa, Sardinia, 27th May 1958.
Having started classical studies, he gives them up to follow his artistic inclinations obtaining a Diploma at the High School of Fine Arts in Cagliari. He continues his studies in Florence, attending the school of Design ISIA and the Free European University of Macerata. In 1969 he starts his painting production: his main subjects are landscapes, still life, human life in its more humble aspects. Between 1981 and 1990 he temporarly abandones the painting activities to embrace photography and graphic design, collaborating with important advertising agencies.
A new approach caracterises his second painting production: he has developed a surrealistic, abstract and cubistic oriented language to express his new themes.
In 1991 he comes out pubblic with a personal exhibition in Bosa which will be the start of a rich and long period of personal and collective exhibitions in Italy and abroad.
In 2003 he founds MAP, “Movimenti Artistici Periferici”, an art gallery/workshop where he exhibits personal and other artirts’ works from all over the world.
Besides his paiting production, his work includes: art installations, “action paiting” performances and computerised art.
At the moment he lives and works in Bosa, Sardinia, very close to the sea.
1992 Comune di Bosa Palazzo della Meridiana
1993 Galleria S.Josè Palacio San Josè Costarica
1994 Centro Kairos Sassari
1995 Te Art Torino
1996 Kunst Haus Salisburgo Austria
1997 Tibarg Galerie Amburgo
1997 Eticon E.S.I. Amburgo Germania
1997 C.S.T. Palazzo Deriu Bosa
1998 Comune di Torino Casa Matisse Torino
1998 Centro Kairos Macomer
2000 Gallura d’Arte Moderna galleria Simpliciana Olbia
2000 Centro Kairos Sassari
2000 Eticon E.S.I. Amburgo Germania
2002 IterArte Circolo Artisti Bologna
2002 Cascina De Ferrari Almenno S.S. Bergamo
2003 Palazzo Don Carlo “MAP” Bosa
2003 Centro Taphros , Musica sulle Bocche – Santa Teresa Gallura
2003 Galleria Comunale , Avanzi d’estate – San Pantaleo – Olbia
2004 Insight via Frattina Roma
2004 Art Gallery “ Gallo Nero” Hannover – Germania
2005 Boushahry Gallery, Kuwait City – Kuwait
2006 MAP – Bosa
2007 Galleria “La Bacheca” – Cagliari
2007 Art Gallery “ Al Fanar” – Kuwait City
2007 Galleria “ La Palma d’Oro” – Macomer
2007 Castello Svevo – Barletta
2008 Libreria ICARO -Lecce
2009 S’Olivariu – Gonnesa, Cagliari
2009 Gambassi Terme Firenze
2010 Corner – Pinocchio 2.0 Olbia
2010 Galleria Suoni e Pause – Cagliari
2013 Art Found Gallery – Cagliari
2013 Foerster Galerie – Furth- Norimberga
2014 Sa Corona Arrubia – Museo del territorio – Villanovaforru.
2015 Galleria Ziranu – Nuoro
2015 MooreHouse Contemporany Art – London
2015 MAP – Bosa
2016 Libreria Sulis – Cagliari
2016 Galleria Comunale – Carbonia
ART IS FREEDOM,
THE LAST WE HAVE
ART IS FREEDOM
THE LAST ONE WE HAVE!