Mario Acevedo Torero was born in Lima Peru in 1947. He learned to paint and draw from his Father Guillermo Acevedo who was an accomplished artist living and working in Peru. When Mario was twelve, his family immigrated to the United States in search of art, freedom and opportunity. They landed in San Diego, CA and made the seaside city their home. From the very beginning, art and the artist’s life permeated through Mario’s upbringing. His Father quickly became a well known artist in San Diego. Mario married his high school sweetheart Sheila and began creating his own family. A child of the 60’s they lived for a time in San Francisco’s Haight Ashbury district and enjoyed the music, art and lifestyle of the era.
Mario returned with his family to San Diego and in the 70’s, with the protests, activism, and ensuing creation of the famous Chicano Park, he found his true calling as an “Artivist.” Mario’s murals in Chicano Park are among many known worldwide and are a major attraction of the area.