Illustrator, painter, designer. Born in Las Flores, Baja California on Jan. 19, 1895. In 1909 Mario and his brother Juan moved Los Angeles. Although lacking formal art training, Mario became an employee of Universal Studios. He learned his craft there as a designer, art director, and painter of both miniature scenes and huge cycloramas including backgrounds and special effects for "King Kong" (1933). He studied at Chouinard School of Art during 1934-35 and did illustrations for magazines. After 35 years in the movie industry, he retired in 1951 and moved with his family to Taos, NM. Larrinaga then painted for pleasure and was active in the local art scene. Painting in both representational and abstract styles, his subject matter wNearly 20,000 biographies can be found in Artists in California 1786-1940 by Edan Hughes and is available for sale ($150). For a full book description and order information please click here
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