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Mario began crafting without even knowing playing around his father's workshop and creating his own sculptures just as a game.
By age 12, he dominated the technique so well he began selling his artwork.
By 21, he had participated in several folk art contests and many collectors embraced his work considering him the continuation of his father artistic style.
Mario Moreno Contreras has experimented with different themes, being the ones related to the Day of the Dead the most celebrated. His whimsical skeletons and skulls successfully seize the Day of the Dead Art essence. The skillfully made sculptures represent both historic and everyday characters that clearly enjoy life.
The statuette's profile is defined by its steel wire structure; this first part of the alambroide's creation process is accomplished by bending, tangling and cutting the wire with pliers.
After the structure is made, engrudo soaked paper is glued to the wire until the final shape is achieved; when finished, the piece is sun-dried for two to seven days depending on its size.
Once dried, the piece is sanded until its surface is perfectly smooth. Next a white coating is applied to the figure and finally it is colored with acrylic paintings.