His artworks are very high quoted in the art market. The mains characteristics of Carreño's paintings are the geometric forms, the very attractive alive colors, and his landscapes of Mediterranean architectures.
He studied painting at the Academia de San Alejandro
, in la Havana, Cuba from 1925 until 1926. Then in 1934, he studied at the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando, in Madrid, Spain. In 1937 he attended the Ecole des Arts Appliqués in Paris, France
and that same year, the Académie Julian,
in Paris, where he had lessons with the Domincan painter Jaime Colson.
Two years after, Carrreño meet Pablo Neruda, who invited him to visit Chile. Later, Mario Carreño Morales founded with other artists and architects, the Art School of the Universidad Católica de Chile. In 1946, he teached in The New School for Social Research in the United States, and in the School of Fine Arts in Havana, Cuba.
Carreño will maintain his solid friendship with Pablo Neruda until his death in 1973.
In 1982, he received the National Award for Art for his work in the Plastic Arts. In 1998 a panel of him " At the beach " was sold in nearly US$ 200,000, at a closing Auction in New York.
Mario Carreño Morales died in Santiago, Chile, in 1999, when he was 84 years. Carreño is practically an unknown figure in Cuba, although he is an artist of importance abroad.
Sugar-Cane Cutters by Mario Carreño