We had the good fortune of connecting with Mario Romano and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mario, how did you come up with the idea for your business?
At first I wanted to solve a problem, in this case a design problem. I wanted carved and textured surfaces to continue in scale and iteration without any size limitation. I wanted the surfaces of our built world to be like nature, non-repetitive, self organizing, and with a complexity that evokes wonder or the need to touch. This is what M.R. Walls is. Walls without limits. Indoors or exterior. I also saw a need to improve the ancient process of tiling and grouting walls. There must be a better more expressive way. I found one.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
“Ride Boldly Ride” as Poe said. The gold of artistic endeavors is somewhere between the agony and the ecstasy of our endeavors. It’s a journey, at times cruel, but it has a pacing and timing all it’s own. You can’t force it. Incorporating creativity into a type of business is another challenge, as the rapture on being creative is fulfilling enough as it is. Harness the value of beauty, this take a creativity all it’s own. Here’s a secret, when I was ten years old I would day-dream that one day in the distance future I would be painting in a courtyard with long silver grey hair. Your subconscious is the underworld, and I’ve always delved into it, boldly. Fortune favors the bold, somewhere “Over the Mountains, Of the Moon.”
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to give a shoutout to Corian. Corian was created by Dupont some 50 years ago. It’s really an incredible material. I look at it entirely differently, in a way, like paper to draw and sculpt on. Recently they’ve recognized my innovation and invention and we formed a partnership. Another shout out is to Rhino 3d. Rhino is a amazing 3d Cad drawing program that is instumenntal in realizing what we achieve here at Romano Studio.
I own the photos, Photo by Sawyer Romano, Jason Speth, and Mario Romano