D.W. Marino was born in Southern California but grew up in the shadow of Livermore Lab in the Bay Area. He is the son of a Naval Officer/Nuclear Weapons Physicist and a stay at home mom. From early on he was heavily influenced by the Atomic Era aesthetics with its Duck-and-Cover drills and general public fear of nuclear attacks. He is self-taught and considers himself a fabricator. He has worked as a graphic artist for the defense industry, as a neon sign maker and in scenic services for the film & music industries. D.W.'s current work includes mixed media and sculpture. His work has evolved into a style referred to as "Playskool Apocalypse". His art looks like the colorful wooden toys of a simpler time but upon closer inspection, they tackle a full of range of topics from political and social commentary to pop culture and environmental issues.