Dr. Mario A. Caro is a researcher, curator, and critic of art who has published widely on the history, theory, and criticism of contemporary Indigenous arts. He has taught graduate courses at Indiana University and New York University.

His work within the academy complements his sustained engagement with various Indigenous communities to promote the professional development of Native artists.This work has also been international in scope, and includes his many years of service as president of Res Artis, a nonprofit international network of residencies focused on promoting the worldwide mobility of artists.