Born in Mexico City, Marco Niro spent his formative years between there and his father’s native Italy, where he eventually studied Art Direction and Graphic Design at the Istituto Europeo di Design (IED). He then undertook an informal study of international architecture with a backpacking tour of countries near and far, including Thailand and Sri Lanka, which unbeknownst to him then would later creatively inspire his pursuit of imaginative production design.
His film career began when Niro landed a position as Assistant Art Director on the TriStar Pictures comedy western, Wagon’s East, starring John Candy and Richard Lewis, which filmed on location in Zacatecas and Durango, Mexico. With perseverance and determination, he ascended the Art Department ladder to the position of Set Designer on Titanic, which was bestowed with an Art Directors Guild Award among its many accolades, and later Art Director on such critically acclaimed films as Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, Troy, and All Is Lost. His contribution as Art Director on Sam Mendes’ Jarhead and Michael Apted’s The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader were recognized when the Art Departments for each of these films were nominated for the Art Directors Guild Award.
His impressive skills as Art Director and his unique international perspective propelled Niro’s leap to Production Designer on American studio films beginning with Patricia Riggen’s The 33, based on the true story of a team of Chilean miners who became trapped deep underground for 69 days, and the English-language remake of the Mexican action-thriller, Miss Bala, for director Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight) and Sony Pictures. Niro cruised into series television by conceptualizing the dark and brutal world of the thrilling motorcycle drama, Mayans M.C., for FX Networks—for which he designed all five seasons of the wildly popular series. Additionally, he designed the third and final season of the FX sci-fi series, Legion, for creator Noah Hawley (Fargo) and Marvel Television.
Refusing to be defined by a single cultural perspective, Niro approaches each new project with a fresh point of view and a drive to push the limits of his own creativity. He currently lives in Los Angeles, California, while remaining always excited by the opportunity to work in an unfamiliar locale.