Mario Henrique
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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 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
2020 Embrasser du regard | Galerie des Sens, Caen, France.
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 Bloom: Color, Caress & Seduction | Bill Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, GA, USA.
2019 Rhapsody in Blue | Bill Lowe Gallery at IBM Tower, Atlanta, GA, USA.
2018 Bill Lowe Gallery at The Estate | Atlanta, GA, USA.
2017 No Borders: Another Page | Bill Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, GA, USA.
2016 Biennieal of Arts | Pontão do Lago Sul, Brasilia, Brasil.