About Mario


        Mario Sotelo is a multi-media animator based in California. Sotelo received his BA in Studio art, concentration in digital art at California State University Sacramento. Currently Sotelo is an MFA 2019 candidate in animation at the University of Southern California. With a traditional oil painting background, Sotelo is able to apply similar painting concepts to computerized 3D models. Sotelo is a skillful organic modeler and draws inspiration from the environment and natural elements. Influenced by the artificial idealism of the media, reality is ever present and confronted. The juxtapose tension between synthetic and organic elements manifest tainted habits of society. I believe that life and nature are constantly active in the search of a paradoxical balance.


Latest Project
Lead modeler for Broadway Augmented, an NEA funded augmented reality virtual public art project, co-curated by Shelly Willis (director of Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission) and Rachel Clarke (professor of New Media, Cal State Sacramento).


Awards/ Honors

- George Lucas Foundation Endowed Student Support Fund for Diversity
University of Southern California, 2016-17 Recipient

-Best of Show Award, CSUS Student Purchase Award Show,Sacramento, CA,
curated by Tiffany Dreyer, May 2010

- EGUSD Board of Education: Certificate of Achievement 1st place California
State fair, Elk Grove, CA, October 2007

- 1st place Three Dimensional
California State fair, Sacramento, CA, August 2007

- Honor of dedicated service to the visual and performing art program at Laguna
Creek High School, Elk Grove, CA, June 2007

Solo Exhibitions

 Angels and Mermaids, University Union Gallery, Sacramento, CA, curated by Zenia LaPorte, April 2013

Birds of Paradise, Raymond Witt Gallery, Sacramento, CA, October 2012

Selected Group Exhibitions

POP! Goes the Art, Blue Line Gallery, Roseville, CA, February 2013

U-Nite, Animation screening, Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA, curated by Rachel Clarke, April 2013