Born in 1949 in Seoul, South Korea, Mario has been a member of the Seoul Artist Association for more than 30 years and has received grand prize honors in the category of Western Art from the association’s Exhibition of Fine Artists.
Mario’s landscape painting surfaces are rich and sumptuous. The landscapes are so dimensional; it entices the viewer to want to touch the rich color canvas. His still life realism paintings give a bigger than life view of the fruits that we enjoy.
Working in a multitude of genres, Mario’s emerging popularity is heightened by his ability to create a diverse range of work from classic and realistic stills, popular among Nu Realists collectors, to passionate impastos with richly textured details.
"Several thoughts strike me when I view Mario's paintings. first the diversity of style is impressive. Second, the execution of these styles is world class. Third, whenever I pause in front of Mario's sculptural paintings, the song with the phrase 'I believe I can fly...' comes into my head and there I am, flying over his landscapes with him. They are three dimensional, if you can believe that, and definitely sculptural. Finding original artists who are able to snag you as a companion with the artist plus who are able to develop a style that only they can paint, is what we look for here. Mario fits that bill exactly. Plus, his pieces are still affordable for all." Mary Martin
Awards and Recognitions: Selected as the Best Gallery in South Carolina during 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019. Selected as one of the Top 25 Galleries in America during 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019. Selected by Charleston Living as the Best of the Best during 2018 and 2019.