“…unnervingly real, locked as it is in the stupendous superiority of his work…”
Multi-awarded realist painter Mario Panis brings passion to canvas and images to life. Established by pedagogy and enriched by time, his works grace the halls of art galleries, the walls of affluent abodes and the pages of art publications. Inside, you will find some of the more prominent paintings of this Filipino artist.
A known Filipino art critic and art juror once described the artist’s winning entry in a prestigious invitational art competition and exhibit as “unnervingly real, locked as it is in the stupendous superiority of his work.”*
Drawn to realism, the artist paints portraits, landscapes, still life and nudes in oil, watercolor and pastel. Although he has earned notable distinctions for his watercolor works, for the past years his commission works consist of portraits and landscapes in oil.
The artist has been commissioned to do portraits of families in the Philippines and abroad, foreign dignitaries, doctors, local government officials and their families. He has a series of works on children and mother-and-child themes.
The artist is the recipient of the several art awards from prestigious institutions including Philippine Centennial Painting Competition (First Prize); Gallery Genesis (one of the Top Five Watercolorists), and the National Painting Competition of Metrobank Foundation, among others.
He joined Grupong Tubig Kulay, a small select group of watercolorists whose most prominent member was his mentor, the late artist and sculptor, Solomon Saprid. He was also a member of the Visual Artists Guild and Tuesday Group.
The artist graduated with a BA degree in Fine Arts from the University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines. A full-time artist since 1993.
He is a Member of the Portrait Society of America and a member of the Tuesday Group of Artists in the Philippines.
Some of his paintings may be viewed at the following art galleries in the Philippines: Heritage Art Gallery (SM Megamall and Shangri-La Plaza Mall, Mandaluyong City); Art Gallery Philippines (Makati City) and Metro Gallery (San Juan, Metro Manila).
The artist held a Solo Exhibit of Nude Paintings on April 2008 at the SM Megamall. This was followed by another Solo Exhibit of Flower paintings held in May 2008 at the Metro Gallery, located in P. Guevarra Street, San Juan, Metro Manila.
In 2009, Mario won the Grand Prize at the LRT ART 2009 competition. His winning entry, “Sakay na Rin Po Kayo”, featured his son, Booey, against a backdrop of everyday scenes using the LRT/MRT.