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Mario Chiodo’s Vision for the Freedom March of Art

The transformational moment for Mario Chiodo came September 11, 2001, when he gave up all his former clients and made the bold decision to use his skill as a sculptor to make art that might transform negativity in the world by focusing on positive aspects of humanity. After twenty successful years operating a creative design business, it seemed an insane idea, but Mario followed his passion and has since learned people are hungry for art that inspires, educates and depicts history truthfully. 

With the design of his first monument, Remember Them: Champions for Humanity, Mario attempted to depict the astounding altruism that is possible in humankind. The more he researched, the more phenomenal people he uncovered, and he saw the impossibility of sculpting a single artwork that encompassed the great deeds of so many. Mario then realized that by creating a series of monuments, each with a slightly different theme and placed in different locales, he could spread uplifting messages to countless people and create bonds between cities. Thus, the concept of the Freedom March of Art© was born.

As he began exploring themes of social justice in his own art, Mario created works for his own Fine Art collection as well as commissioned sculpture that brought to life significant people and moments in history. Mario's extraordinary skill at capturing the facial likeness of an individual is renowned, but it is the emotion in his work that renders his sculpture unforgettable. Please take a moment to explore the albums of project photos displayed here and visit his artwork pages to see sculpture by Mario available for purchase.

"Reminding people of the courageous, selfless acts that changed our world forever is one avenue to break the cycle of negative news. My dream is to continue the work of heroes and humanitarians by creating artworks that speak to the heart, inspire and educate, and challenge every person to achieve greatness."

-Mario Chiodo

Clockwise from center: Dr. Maya Angelou, Denise Bradley Tyson, Mario Chiodo, Joyce Taylor