Mark Bueno’s intricate use of masking and layering styles to create his imagery is mesmerizing. The elaborateness of the work draws you in for a closer look, then pushes you away in order to enjoy the entirety of the work. By using bold color and complex compositions, his work communicates an exuberance for life. Generally, his work addresses the dualities in subjects like the perceptions of beauty within the mundane, identity or lack of, unique subcultures within pop culture, mythology, spirituality, the paranormal, and comic relief.
Bueno’s art often reflects his ability to connect with others and his passion to fuse art with social events, live performances, and public spaces. His art-making is also influenced by the past. Throughout his work, you will find hints of his upbringing within the punk, surf, skate, and snowboard communities.
Bueno materializes his interruptions of the human experience by using an array of visual references, mediums, and techniques. His material of choice for two-dimensional work is wood. The organic warmth and softness along with the delicate patterns within the wood grains balance the intrepid medium of choice, spray paint.
Mark Bueno states: “ Traditional mediums allow you to remedy mistakes and they offer visual references along the way. This is not the case when using spray paint. I really enjoy the permanence of it, especially on the richness of wood. There is no room for error. My painting process forces me to obscure the eventual outcome. It’s like opening a gift, you never know what you’re going to get until all is revealed. To watch things unfold has to be one of the most fulfilling things a person can have.”