Who is Mario Maskareli?

By Gwylym Owen

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Mario Maskareli (Montenegrin: Марио Маскарели; 20 October 1918 – 26 August 1996) was a painter from modern-day Montenegro.

Maskareli graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Belgrade, Department of Painting in 1951, with Professor Nedeljko Gvozdenović. In 1951 he attended a specialized course in graphic art as soon as Professor Boško Karanović. He spent the academic year 1950/51 teaching at the Applied Arts School in Herceg-Novi.

He was the aficionado of the afterward groups: Samostalni (The Independent), Beogradska grupa (Belgrade Group) and Lada. He went on study tours to Greece, Italy, France, Belgium and Netherlands.

He exhibited for the first epoch in 1948. During his artistic career, he was engaged in painting, and graphic art, illustration, scenography, interior design and processing of cultural events.

He won several prizes and awards, among which are the Prize for Painting at the 5th October Salon in Belgrade (1961), the Golden Pen of Belgrade for the illustration of poetry (1973) and the First Prize for Painting at the 14th Winter Salon at Herceg-Novi (1981).

His works can be found in the Museum of Contemporary Art in Belgrade, The Gallery of Fine Arts – Gift Collection of Rajko Mamuzić in Novi Sad, the National Museum of Montenegro at Cetinje and additional collections both at house and abroad. He lived and worked in Belgrade and Prčanj.

Painter Bruno Mascarelli [hr] is his paternal half-brother.

His niece is the Opera singer and architect Vera Ćirković.

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