Armando Mariño was born in Santiago de Cuba, into a family of scientists. His mother was a physicist and his father an engineer. Despite their desire that he follow a scientific career, he chose to pursue his love of art.
He graduated from the Provincial School of Arts in Santiago de Cuba in 1987 and the School of Artistic Education at the “Enrique José Varona” Superior Pedagogic Institute in Havana in 1992.
Armando believes that the most important lesson learned from these Cuban artists was the awareness of contemporary art theories and concepts. In 2004 and 2005 he studied at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Much of his work reflects social unrest, protests, and rebellion. He uses bold, vibrant colors, in multiple layers to build up his oil or watercolour works.