I was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, August 22nd, 1978.
I am a contemporary painter with a BFA Degree from Parsons School of Design. Currently I am CEO of Capital DBG and Havas Caribbean and an avid nature photographer. My images combine my love and admiration for nature and my passion for creating images and traveling the world.
*All animals are photographed in their natural habitat and in the wild unless explicitly noted otherwise.
**All images are copyrighted. Please do not use without explicit written consent.
“Mario Davalos, artist and entrepreneur, has been traveling the globe in search of transcendent nature and perhaps himself. Trained as an artist at Parsons School of Design in New York City, he has the eye of an abstract painter and an absolutely natural compositional sense. After years of building a successful advertising business he has thrown himself into the task of finding his creative impulse in nature’s extremes. Davalos spends weeks roaming everywhere from Alaska to Costa Rica hunting for the most intense splashes of color and dynamic contrasts that nature has to offer. From cardinals and hummingbirds in Arizona to a golden eagle in Finland, nature never fails to shock the viewer with its hyper-chromatic palette and proud brutality. Frequently seen through intense depth of field there is an extreme figure-ground relationship that makes the animal protagonists snap off of the picture plane like heraldic emblems. They become signs of the restless artist searching for the spark of creativity in the natural world.
In Davalos’s work there is an undeniable respect for nature, an abiding sensitivity to the animal kingdom and the eye of a masterful painter, trained in abstract principles, applied to direct observation. You know by his complete immersion in each of these extreme environments that Davalos is trying to capture something more than an image. Nature is a ready-made with astonishing pictorial opportunities, but it is his painter’s eye that is being refreshed through these adventures. These images will live on as fully formed aesthetic contributions, as documents of the wild, beautiful and fleeting natural world and as a testament to Mario Davalos’s undeniable need to make art.”