Mario Rodriguez

Who: Mario Rodriguez
What you do: Visual Artist and Fashion Design Student
Where you were born: San Salvador, El Salvador
Where you live now: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Mario Rodriguez

What are you currently working on?
Paving the road towards a career as a fashion designer.

What does good energy mean to you?
Good energy is the result of respecting and loving one another.
The way to keep it alive is by sharing what you’ve got, and being grateful for what others have shared with you.

What do you think there is too much of, and too little of?
There is way too much power in university diplomas, and so little learning happening in the classrooms.

With whom would you like most to go on a “ tête à tête”?
Alexander McQueen. I would have done everything to keep him from taking his life.

What would you be doing if you didn’t have your current occupation?
I would probably be a chef. I love cooking.

What is on your life-to-do list?
I want go to impoverished places in the world; gather groups of people, and work together to create collections of embroidered garments. Then, have fashion shows and auctions for the items, to financially help out the men and women who got involved.

What would you do if you were the president?
I would make it a priority for children and young adults to have access to the education they deserve. I would make sure all people had the opportunity to follow their dream careers, so they can become their best at what they love doing. I would do whatever it takes to develop a community who loves what they do, and know how to do it well.

What is your most striking moment?
My art professor assigned us to draw an infinite field. I decided to represent the way Eric Whitacre’s “When David heard” made me feel. I bought 3 bags of skittles and crushed them one by one. Then proceeded to draw each one of them on a large piece of paper. I also strategically placed the drawing of a dead bee in between all the crushed candy. No one noticed the bee. In the song, David had a father who mourned the death of his son; but the dead bee on the drawing had no one. Nobody noticed the bee in between the tiny pieces of broken candy. No one cared that the bee was dead.

What’s your earliest memory?
I remember my grandmother serving me coffee and pastries, to get me to sit down, so that I would read her the newspaper. I was a child, and did not really understand what I read to her. Nonetheless, this is how my love for good coffee began.

What do you consider a fashion “faux-pas”?
Wearing anything that spreads negative energy into the world.

What cracks you up?
The show Friends. I have no doubt I will watch it for the rest of my life. It never fails to make me laugh.

What is the WILDEST situation you have ever experienced?
We were 10 minutes away from the airport. I turned up the volume on the radio to try to keep myself from falling apart, but it didn’t help. We parked the car, and the tears just rolled down my face. I was out of breath. It was impossible to wrap my mind around the reality of the moment. With my dreams in my suitcases, I waved goodbye “see you soon” at my heart-broken family watching me go and cheering me on. I was forced to leave my home, and am not allowed to go back. Thus began my journey to get back home.

What can’t you live without?
My family, lip balm, and good coffee.

With whom would you like to grow old?
Someone with whom I can share true love and respect.

What would you like to leave to future generations?
The concept that we must be careful with the ideas we that put out into the world, because they have the power to grow strong in people’s minds.

What is your next challenge?
To one day have the financial back up to debut my first collection.

Who is your Hero?
My heroes are everyone that makes up my family (the one I was born with, and the one I have gained along the way).

What is your WILD Wish?
To have Bernard’s watch.

text by: The WILD

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