Modern Mastery: Mario Stanley Morales

Mario Stanley Morales of Artesanos Design | Modern Mastery Feature on the Modern Masters Cafe Blog

Mario Stanley Morales

We’re happy to introduce another exciting artist for our Modern Mastery series! Mario Stanley Morales of Artesanos Design Group founded his company in 1985 and has been creating and designing custom finish concepts for over 30 years. He first came to our attention when he shared many of his unique projects with us on our Modern Masters Facebook fan page. His team has created a diverse portfolio of private and public commissions for projects such as governmental agencies, schools, retail stores, restaurants, religious facilities and residences. Based in Texas, his company straddles interior and exterior projects in both Mexico and the United States. The studio specializes in treatments such as Venetian Plasters, Faux Finishes, Murals, Gilding, Reactive Metal Patinas, Decorative Concrete, Stenciling as well as being well-versed in Feng Shui concepts and Color Therapy. Mario has kindly shared some of his favorite Modern Masters projects with us.

Historic Project with Modern Masters Metallic Paints and Theme Paints | Artistry by Mario Stanley Morales of Artesanos Design Group | Modern Masters Cafe BlogMario used both Theme Paint and our Metallic Paint Collection to reinvigorate exterior accents of the Historic Brownsville Museum.

Black Venetian Plaster Wall Finish by Artesanos Design Group | Modern Masters Cafe BlogBlack Venetian Plaster enhances the walls of a contemporary space. We particularly admire the plaster seamlessly finished over the jib door.

Metal Effects Iron Rust Finish on Wall | Project by Artesanos Design Group | Modern Masters Cafe BlogMario used the Iron Reactive Paint and Rust Activator from the Metal Effects line to create an elegant Rust Finish Patina on his client’s walls.

Metal Effects Faux Verdigris Finish on Coffered Ceiling | Project by Artesanos Design Group and featured in the Modern Masters Cafe BlogFor a coffered ceiling, the Metal Effects Copper Reactive Metallic Paint and the Green Patina Aging Solution were used to create a stunning patinated finish on the insets. The beams received the Metal Effect Rust Patina Finish.

Metal Effects Patinas on Truck | Project by Mario Stanley Morales of Artesanos Design Group | Modern Masters Cafe Blog“Our client has trucking company and bought a truck he wanted us to further antique and weather as a showstopping ‘art’ piece outside of his business. We added the Metal Effects Rust Patina finish to certain areas and rusted more on others. Even some newly chromed areas got rusted!” Mario explains. What a fun project!

Retail Project by Artesanos Design Group using Metal Effects, JWR Acrylics and Theme Paints by Modern Masters | Modern Mastery Feature on Cafe BlogRetail Mural with Theme Paints and JWR Acrylics by Modern Masters | Project by Artesanos Design Group | Modern Masters Cafe BlogFor the upscale Nombe sneaker shop, Mario and his team created several murals with both Theme Paint and JWR Artist’s Acrylics. For the retail shop columns, they used Platinum Metallic Paint for the base and aged it with a glaze created with the Blackened Bronze Metallic Paint, keeping the shimmer intact. Finally, the patinated the corrugated metal running along the store with Metal Effects. Incredible!

Showcase Box painted with Modern Masters Metallic Paint and Decoupage | Modern Masters Cafe Blog | Project by Mario Stanley Morales of Artesanos Design GroupPapier Mache Calaveras created with JWR Acrylics and Modern Masters Metallic Paints | Artistry by Mario Stanley Morales of Artesanos Design GroupSmall art pieces are also created at the Artesanos Design Group studio. The Metallic Paint Collection and JWR Artist’s Acrylics are frequently used by Mario to create one-of-a-kind collectibles that include showcase boxes and papier-mâché calaveras (skulls) that honor the Mexican Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead). Mario handpaints and designs all the artistic ornamental touches.

Repurposed Chair Painted and Aged with Modern Masters Metallic Paints | Project by Mario Stanley Morales of the Artesanos Design GroupSilver Metallic Paint and a Blackened Bronze Metallic Paint overglaze helps create a stunning repurposed chair.

Stenciled Restaurant Bath with Modern Masters Metallic Paints | Modern Mastery Feature: Mario Stanley Morales of Artesanos Design Group | Modern Masters Cafe BlogArtesanos has transformed not only the main areas of several restaurants but also their bars, exteriors, private rooms and public baths. In this bath, Flash Blue Metallic Paint is used as a base while both Blackened Bronze and Black Cherry Metallic Paint are combined for the beautiful graphic pattern. Wouldn’t you love to step in this space?

We hope you’ve enjoyed the beautiful and unique artistry of Mario Stanley Morales! Please be sure to visit the Artesanos Design Group website for more and follow their Facebook page to keep on top of their latest projects. Many thanks to Mario for sharing his incredible work with us. If you’d like to share your Modern Masters projects, we’d love for you to contact us. Don’t forget to pin these projects and share this post!

3 thoughts on “Modern Mastery: Mario Stanley Morales

  1. Truly admire your work on the old Semi truck. Can you give me some pointers on how you integrated the rust patina with the paint? Thx

    • Hello, Mr. Betzer! While we cannot speak for Mr. Morales’ specific treatment, we can recommend our suggested process to you. We would recommend prepping a car as much as possible to ensure success and then using an acrylic primer that goes over a solvent-based primer specifically for automobiles or an automobile primer that is acrylic. Then, you would use the Metal Effects Primer over this followed by the Reactive Paint and Aging Solutions. The Metal Effects Primer protects the substrate surface from the patination process but you do need a good automobile primer over your prepped surface to begin with. If using the Rust finish, we would recommend the Permacoat Xtreme as the sealer and topcoat. Please let us know if we can answer further questions! Here is the link to read more on the products within the Metal Effects line: As a last note, the Metal Effects is more of a decorative finish for a show car – not a car that would be used daily. We hope this helps!

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