Growing up in Buenos Aires, Mariano known by his tag BNS (or BIENES), was heavily influenced by the skateboarding and hip-hop scenes, which lead him to start painting on walls around the city. Moved to New York City where he spent over a decade creating murals, instalations and canvas, while developing his original style that made his name known in the art wrold. Although he now works mostly between his studios in Barcelona and Brooklyn, his overall aesthetic is still inextricably linked to his background as a street artist, which is reflected in every piece that he makes.
Combining aerosol paint, acrylics, silkscreen, inks, collage and photography in his compositions, BNS builds each one with around 20 layers, at least 10 of which are made with different silkscreens, and in some cases finishes them with multiple coats of resin to make the colours pop even more. Every element of each piece is handcrafted – even the silkscreens are hand-pulled and the wooden panels and frames are hand-mitred and sanded – and he mixes his own colours to create a personal distinctive palette, giving every piece its own unique character and story. BNS describes his work as energetic and intricate, and is influenced by everything from old school hip hop to the natural world. He loves the vitality and animation of the big city, finding beauty in the chaos of bricks, cables and water tanks; he is interested in architecture and how the built environment coexists with nature, often juxtaposing flowers and plants with graffiti and crumbling facades. Every piece is full of personal details which become apparent the more closely you look, referring to particular buildings that have meant something in his life, the flowers that grew around them or a meaningful tattoo.
Since 2016 his work was shown at the international SCOPE fair in Basel, Switzerland, New York and Miami editions as well as ART Miami, ART New York and ART Wynwood art fairs. BNS has a long list of celebrity collectors such as Paris Hilton and NAS ,and has been featured in magazines including Forbes and Haute-living among others.