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 Satoru Nagoya in 2016: “Mario A, the only painter in Japan who can create excellent oil paintings“.

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.

Represented by AOYAMA MEGURO OFFICE (Tokyo). Works available at: Elaine Levy Projects (Bruxelles), Esther Woerdehoff Gallery (Paris), Daniel Azoulay Gallery (Miami), Witzenhausen Gallery (Amsterdam – New York), Galerie Cornelius Pleser (München), Heuberg 24 Gallery (Basel), Sprout Curation (Tokyo), Mizuma Art Gallery (Tokyo-Singapore-New York) a.o.
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.
Founder of “The Japanese Contemporary Art Transparency Prize” (JCATP)

Japan’s most popular contemporary art blogger (2009-2018) (2018-)

亜 真里男
ネオ・ジャポニスム アーティスト

1959年バーデン・スイス生まれ。ベルリン美術大学中退後、ベルリン大学修士修了。東京都現代美術館他で作品発表。ミヅマアートギャラリーから青山|目黒 OFFICE (青山秀樹)へ移動。2016年、青山秀樹の青空耳のディレクションにより活躍中。
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。
「日本現代アート透明賞」(省略:JCATP) の創立者

日本で最も人気のある現代美術ブロガー (2009-2018) (2018-)