About the artist

Mario Henrique is a contemporary painter based in Portugal.

After graduating in Design from Lisbon’s University of Fine Arts, he began his career in online marketing and web development agencies as a creative director, where he led teams in Portugal, Spain, and Brazil. A decade later, he shifted his focus to contemporary painting, which had always been a parallel interest.

Mario is a prolific portraitist who is fascinated by the unpredictability of human behaviour, from brief glances to the impermanence of facial expressions. He uses unconventional and rough materials such as cardboard, reversed canvases, and hardware tools, painting abruptly and spontaneously. His approach relies on drippings, splashes, and paint throws, revealing the physicality of the painting process in the final piece.

Mario Henrique's paintings are listed in private collections worldwide and he has exhibited both locally and abroad. He's also currently represented by various prestigious international galleries and owns a studio which can be visited by appointment.

I try to be fast and spontaneous when I’m painting. And that should be reflected in the final piece. The observer should be able to infer the physicality of the painting process when looking at the paint drippings and brush strokes.

When I throw paint, I can do it with some premeditation, but I cannot predict where the paint will actually land on the canvas. So my approach to painting is - at least in part - based on chance, on small random accidents. It doesn’t rely exclusively on my persistence or my technique.

That’s why I don’t feel completely responsible for my paintings - in the sense that, although I can answer for my initial intentions, the final result is always something that I could never fully anticipate. Something unique and unrepeatable, out of my absolute control.

- Mario Henrique

  • Solo

    • 2023 Selected works | ArtCatto at Conrad Hotel, Quinta do Lago, Portugal.
    • 2021 Selected works | ArtCatto at Hotel D. Filipa, Vale do Lobo, Portugal.
    • 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.
  • Group

    • 2023 Selected works | FN Art Gallery, San Jose, Costa Rica.
    • 2023 Pedaços De Um Céu Sonhado | Welcome To Art, Lisbon, Portugal.
    • 2022 Selected works | Galerie Alaux, Valencia, Spain.
    • 2022 Selected works | Tilsitt Gallery, Porto, Portugal.
    • 2021 Selected works | ArtCatto, Loulé, Portugal.
    • 2021 NFT BAZL Dubai | JW Marriott Marquis, Dubai, UAE.
    • 2021 NFT BAZL Miami | Temple Gallery, Miami, FL, USA.
    • 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 Biennial of Arts | Pontão do Lago Sul, Brasilia, Brasil.