Mario Robert started painting on the border of El Paso Texas and Juarez Mexico when he was 16. He watched the grip get tight on the border after much violence. That greatly affected his views of the world as the beautiful city of Juarez became more and more of a bloody ghost town. After moving to Portland with his wife and witnessing the sheer kindness of the natives a change in perspective occurred. He now creates his paintings with new motivation and inspiration fueled by the love experienced on a daily basis walking through the strange and mysterious streets of Portland.