Mario Keglevic Bio

Mario Keglevic, Zagreb, Croatia

Mario was 10 years old when he got his first oil paints and started to paint. In 1993 he left to Australia during the conflict in Yugoslavia. After settling down in Perth, Mario met his forthcoming art teacher, Sarah McNamara who saw his work and encouraged him to study further art. Mario finished his studies in art and design and had several exhibitions in Australia (1995-2000). During the studies in art, one of Mario’s inspirational artists was Pieter Bruegel, Johannes Vermeer and Pieter De Hoch. As a result from this Mario moved to live and work in Amsterdam after returning to Europe in Year 2000. Mario Keglevic paints memories of his childhood, mainly from the countryside where he used to go to visit his uncle during the school holidays. Mario has captured the landscapes, villages and people with warm and balanced colors making his paintings to radiate with peace and harmony. In his latest works he shows collection “Reflections of Jordaan” in realistic style but the subject is different from previous work. In past fifteen years Mario was searching for some different subjects but he think that Dutch landscapes will be on his menu for a while.

His last work was painting “Renovation Of The Little Street” for what Mario has reference a painting from well known Dutch old master, Johannes Vermeer.

Mario personally thinks “The Little Street” that Vermeer painted was left unfinished. He could visit the museum as much as he needed and studied his works very intense and found that all Vermeer’s other works were more precise and the colors were with more in harmony and the details were all done in a way only a perfectionist would do.

If Vermeer was standing about 8m away from the building then he would surely have painted every brick and window to a perfect detail. According to Mario the street had very poor detail so he painted himself inside the painting and with respect to Johannes Vermeer placed a little fabric under his feet. He brought some flowers from the 21st century into it and thought Vermeer wouldn’t mind if he would finish his job.