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Somnium No. 1, Series IV

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Somnium No. 1, Series IV

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Mario Henrique

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2020

Acrylic and oil on reversed canvas

Unique Work

Dimensions: 150cm (H) x 120cm (W) x 4cm (D) / 59.1" (H) x 47.2" (W) x 1.6" (D)

Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.

Artist Statement

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I try to be fast and spontaneous when I’m painting - that process should be reflected in the final piece. The observer should be able to infer the physicality of the painting process, when looking at the brush strokes and paint drippings.

When I throw paint, I can do it with some premeditation - but I can never really predict where the paint will actually fall on the canvas. So, my approach to painting is - in part - based on chance, on small random accidents - it doesn’t rely exclusively on my persistence or my technique.

That’s why I don’t feel completely responsible for my paintings - in the sense that, although I can answer for my initial intentions, the final result is always something that I could never anticipate, and something that’s out of my absolute control.

- Mario Henrique

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Made with Sennelier Oils and Amsterdam Acrylics on High Quality, Reversed Canvas. Stretched and ready to hang. Ships in a wooden box, with a signed Authenticity Certificate.

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Artist Profile

Born: 1983

Hometown: Cascais

Based in: Cascais, Portugal

Mario Henrique is an artist based in Cascais, Portugal.

Graduated in Design from Lisbon’s University of Fine Arts, he started his career in online marketing and web development agencies. Later on, as a creative director, he recruited and led teams in Portugal, Spain and Brazil.

As partner and head of design in one of these projects, he would eventually be part of a successful exit via acquisition, and then shifted his focus to contemporary painting, which had always been a parallel interest.

A prolific portraitist, Mario is fascinated by the unpredictability of the human behaviour: the brief glances, the impermanence of facial expressions, the sudden movements. This dynamic is also present in his Ballerinas Series, which lean toward the abstract expressionism.

Making use of uncommon and “rough” materials, like cardboards, reversed canvases and hardware tools, he paints abruptly and spontaneously. His approach relies on drippings, splashes and paint throws, so that the physicality of the painting process is transparent in the final piece.

Listed in various private collections across Europe, America and Asia, he was awarded an Honourable Mention for his participation in the Brasília Biennial of Contemporary Arts 2016 and he’s currently represented by the Bill Lowe Gallery and the Galeries Bartoux, amongst other renowned international galleries.

Mario owns a studio/gallery at the Marina, in Cascais (Portugal), where some of his paintings are publicly exhibited.

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2019: Selected works, Corno Gallery, Montreal, Canada.
2019: Apparentia, Flores do Cabo, Sintra, Portugal.
2018: Somnium, Art Village Gallery, Memphis, TN, USA.
2017: Vultus, Grace Denker Gallery, Hamburg, Germany.
2016: Icon, Casino Lisboa Art Gallery, Lisbon, Portugal.
2016: Impulsus, Verney Gallery, Oeiras, Portugal.

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019: Selected works, Corno Gallery, Montreal, Canada.
2019: Rhapsody in Blue, Bill Lowe Gallery at IBM Tower, Atlanta, GA, USA.
2018: Bill Lowe Gallery at The Estate, Buckead, Atlanta, GA, USA.
2017: No Borders: Another Page, Bill Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, GA, USA.
2016: Biennieal of Arts, Pontão do Lago Sul, Brasilia, Brasil.

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Bill Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, GA, USA.
Corno Gallery, Montreal, Canada.


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