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About Nailivic Studios

East Austin Artist, Mark Puente, is a Boston-native with Salvadoran roots who grew up in Guatemala. He has always been inspired by imagery from the Mexican Lotería game, as well as Día de los Muertos and folk art from around the world, and now creates "modern folk art" with the use of a laser-cutter, transforming his pen and ink illustrations into colorful and textural wall art. Nailivic Studios was created by Mark and his wife and co-collaborator, Amy Exah, who assists with the creative process, lends a critical eye and helps manage the business. The name Nailivic is Civilian in reverse, and the company is rooted in the philosophy that everyone has the right and responsibility to change society and the world for the better. Art is Nailivic Studios' tool of choice

Mark Puente and Amy Exah of Nailivic Studios

"54 Opportunities"

An Austin PBS Arts in Context Short about The Lotería Project by Nailivic Studios.


Arts In Context is a 9-time Lone Star Emmy winning series produced by Austin PBS. They sat down with us during the 2019 East Austin Studio Tour and encapsulated the essence of what we are striving to accomplish!