Mario Quiroz: Biography
Mario E. Quiroz-Servellón was born in San Salvador, and relocated to the U.S. in 1999. In 2005, his work was part of “Breaking Borders,” an exhibition of Salvadoran photographers at the Museum of the Americas of the Organization of American States in Washington, DC, and the National Museum of Anthropology in San Salvador.
In 2006, Mario was hired by the Salinas Andrade Foundation to produce a photo essay about Intipucá, the Salvadoran flagship town on immigration. In 2007, sponsored by the Latino Lutheran Ministry of Langley Park, MD, he produced a photo essay about the influences of remittances in three Salvadorian families. In partnership with CASA de Maryland, Mario spent 2008 and 2009 photographing the everyday life aspects of immigrants in the mid Atlantic. In 2010, Mario organized a Kickstarter campaign to produce “Arizona and the End of Five Hundred Years of Immigration.” The same year, he was hired by the Arlington Cultural Affairs Division to produce a project about Mongolians in Arlington, VA.
In the spring of 2011, Mario was hired by Latin American Cultural Spaces Inc. on behalf of the Salvadoran Consulate in East Boston to produce “Salvadorans, 100,000 immigrant stories.” Mario’s work on Dominicans in Jamaica Plain, MA is part of the 2012’s “Peopling America,” an exhibition of modern day immigrants at Ellis Island, NY
Since July 2012, Mario has been exhibiting non-stop throughout New England. His projects “Immigrants in New England: An Old American Tradition,” “Domestic Workers: The Invisible Wheels that Empower our Economy,” “Immigrants: A Common Wealth of MA,” “Travelers: Love Tales from Salvadoran Immigrants,” “Aging Minority in MA,” “Mis Vecinos: Portraits of Fitchburg’s New Latino Communities,” and “1World/1University: Diversity at Lesley” have been in more than 25 different locations. He has worked in partnership with MIRA Coalition, Centro Presente, the Student Immigrant Movement, Chinese Progressive Association, the Dominican Development Center, the Massachusetts Coalition for Domestic Workers, the Brazilian Immigrant Center, the Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers, the Boston Workmen's Circle Center for Jewish Culture and Social Justice, Community and Labor United, SEIU 32BJ, and AFL-CIO.
His work is part of the permanent collection of The Commonwealth Achieves and Museum and the Fitchburg Art Museum.
Mario holds a Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Arts with a specialization in Documentary Photography from Lesley University and a Master of Fine Arts in Visual Arts from Lesley University College of Art and Design.
Mario lives in Cambridge, MA.