Posted: June 15, 2012 in Uncategorized


One man’s trash is another’s treasure.

In the hectic world we live in, our “civilized society” produces tons upon tons of waste. Many dismiss these things as worthless and expendable objects that have no further use other than to be destined for the scrap heap. It is good to know that there is one man who takes our unwanted metal and crafts it into art. He is a recycled metals sculptor named Mario Mallari Jr. He has a passion for sorting through the waste of society, such as car parts, busted appliances, electrical parts or left over construction materials, then he re-shapes and re-spawns them into works of art. Like the mythological Phoenix of old, he takes what we have thrown away only to make our discards rise again from the ashes of waste in unique works of art. By profession, Mario began learning how to weld in 1993 upon returning from the middle east as overseas contract worker. from years of experience in metal fabrication-his field of expertise combined with natural talent of forming mental images or concepts developed a unique style of this modern art.His craft gives renewed meaning and value to what most of us consider worthless junk. World class assemblage sculptor Jud Turner has described Mallari’s pieces as “very accomplished” and has developed his own “unique style.”

To say that Mario is creative is an understatement. He has an inner vision that drives his inspired and dynamic use of found objects in the interpretation of his thoughts through recycled metal. It is as if the metal speaks to him, almost telling him exactly what to do, where to use the odds and ends that he must sift through, as creativity drives him to complete a new sculpture. He has a different outlook on the world. What we discard, he seeks out. He has a different awareness and value for objects that many people throw away. He draws joy when his works make people stop and take pause to dwell even briefly upon his creations. He rejoices when they smile upon discovering that a simple everyday object, a mere piece of scrap that has somehow found its way into a work of art. Young and old, his works touch us all in a very unique and special manner, transporting us away from the mundane and into a world of his creation.


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