Mario A
Japanese Artist
neo japonisme artist

Born 1959 in Baden, Switzerland. Discontinued studies at Berlin Art University (former HdK). Obtained Master of Arts at Free University of Berlin. Has worked and lived in Japan since the mid-1980s. Mario A became the first so-called “Japanese” artist with non-Asian heritage in the history of Japanese contemporary art. Widely recognized as the most challenging and provocative artist of his generation in Japan. Art critic Kentaro Ichihara in 2004: ”Mario A. An Artist of Japan as an Eternal Revolutionary”. Art critic Satoru Nagoya in 2016: „Mario A, one of the most brilliantly gifted–or perhaps I should say, the single most brilliantly gifted––oil painting artist in Japan“.

His works are part of institutional and private collections in Belgium, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, Mexico, The Netherlands, Spain, South Korea, Switzerland and the U.S.A. Exhibitions held in the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Academy of the Arts, Berlin, Rietberg Museum, Zürich, Museum of Modern Arts, Amstelveen, all important art fairs.

Selected monographs: “ma poupée japonaise” (2001, text by Masahiko Shimada), “Mario A: Japanese Artist” (2004, critique by Kentaro Ichihara), “The World Is Beautiful” (2006), “The situation is under control” (2016, critique by Kentaro Ichihara), “néo japonisme 1996-2019” (2019) a.o.

亜 真里男
ネオ・ジャポニスム アーティスト

美術批評家 市原研太郎 「マリオ・A 永久革命家としての日本のアーティスト」。(2004年)
美術批評家 名古屋覚により「日本で最も優れた油彩を制作する画家の一人、いや唯一の一人」。(2016年)
作品集:「ma poupée japonaise」島田雅彦 (文) 2001年、「マリオ・A 日本美術家」市原研太郎 (解説) 2004年、「The World Is Beautiful」2006年、「The situation is under control」市原研太郎 (解説) 2016年、「néo japonisme 1996-2019」2019年、他多数。