Mario Jose Olvera’s love and appreciation of art began at the age of 13 when he discovered
the craft of lettering. His skill and admiration continued to grow through his involvement with
an art warehouse cooperative, experimenting with a plethora of art forms such as pen, brush
and spray can painting. Mario’s artistic lens has become an inseparable part of both his
professional and personal life, beautifully woven into his endeavors as an educator, youth
mentor, Aztec dancer, and father. Using art as a vessel to foster self acceptance and respect
among marginalized populations, Mario has become an influential teacher in the Longmont
and Boulder community.