Mario Henrique

Mario Henrique

Cascais, Cascais, Portugal

About Mario Henrique

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 has exhibited in galleries both locally and abroad, and was awarded an Honourable Mention for his participation in the Brasília Biennial of Contemporary Arts 2016. He was also featured in Saatchi Art’s Inside The Studio 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.

Education

Lisbon's University of Fine Arts
MA, Communication Design
2005 – 2007

Lisbon's University of Fine Arts
BA, Communication Design
2001 – 2005

Exhibitions

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.

REPRESENTATION

Bill Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, GA, USA (lowegallery.com).
Corno Gallery, Montreal, Canada (cornostudio.com).