Mauro Koliva was born in 1977 in Posadas, Misiones, Argentina. He is licensed in Plastic Arts by the Misiones Art University, and received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts in 2008. Koliva has exhibited his work in a number of international galleries and museums, including at Centro Cultural Recoleta in Buenos Aires (2014), Museum of the Americas in Denver, Colorado (2008), and the Museum of Fine Arts René Brusau in Resistencia, Chaco, Argentina (2008).
Mauro Koliva's work is heavily influenced by the tumultuous historical trajectory of Argentina. His meticulously detailed landscape drawings are vibrantly colorful fields of organic, mechanic, and biomorphic elements. The lavish and diverse images of nature and material come together to create surreal fields that surge with dynamic energy and movement. Collectively, the drawings present a theme of contradictory images depicting a world of nature and machinery, stillness and movement, the real and imaginary. The result is an overwhelming sense of industrialization that actively counters our natural world.