Biography & Awards - Mariska Karto
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Mariska Karto


“I pull away time from its structure and then time appears to be just a definition.”


Mariska Karto is an artphotographer/digital artist born in Suriname (South-America) – she is an artist with a mixed background from Surinam (South America), Asia (Indonesia) and Europe (the Netherlands). She was raised and is based in the Netherlands (Europe).

“In our contemporary world, time plays an important fact. Everything we do, no matter how small it may seem, has consequences in a later time dimension.
We live in a world where cultures and colors are mixing. A wealth of philosophy, science and beauty exchange information with each other in a natural way.
That is the world we now live in. If there is no history, there is no present, without present, there is no future. Without future there is no dream.
In my work I tell about our stories of our travels in life and how we struggle with “not being perfect ‘.”

About Mariska Karto:

Originally she is a figurative sketcher and textile artist. She uses the body to express as well as her love for fabrics and textiles to create a sensitive or persasive atmossphere in her work.

In her work she is playing with time. She uses themes from history, our time now, future and fused it with artphotography and digital art.

Keywords for a large part of her works are:  dark renaissance, culture, future, history, contemporary themes and melancholia.

She creates from small personal works, zooming in people’s individuality, to large scaled fresco’s

In her fresco’s she tells a story. Not a story of a single person, but a story of our world. Our old world and our new world, blended together.

“I mix skills from different worlds together. It is a blend  of skills of my (I’m originally a painter, figurative-sketcher, textiles – I was a textile artist some years ago, photography and image processing) that ultimately meet each other in this form of art. All these (artistic) elements from different areas and personal influences come together in a work of mine.”


All my work is protected – reproducing, manipulating, copy etc. is not allowed without my permission and is illegal.



– Several works in the collection of new Waldorf Astoria in Amsterdam

– Several works in the collection of new Hotel Vagabond Singapore (Luxury boutique artistic hotel)

– Several works in high class hotels and luxury private houses

-Artist / Fine art photographer for: CORTESE VENEZIA – The historical original perfumes of Venice

A breathtaking company in which history and art are combined together. You can find this commission in my album and link to the website of Cortese Venezia.

“From Cortese Venezia, the most wonderful collection of perfumes developed from the original secret recipes and formulas of Venice, lost for hundreds of years and now rediscovered.”


2016 – PX3 First place Prix De La Photographie De Paris/ Gold Award, in complete category Professionals Fine Art with my Contemporary Fresco’s. Px3 Special Exhibition in Paris on July 12-15

2016 – Nominated as Ambassador of Tolerance / Paleis van de Verdraagzaamheid – Netherlands

2016 – PX3 Silver Award Prix De La Photographie De Paris/ Black Pearl of the project Baroque Diversity

2016 – PX3 Prix De La Photographie De Paris/ Honorable Mention – The Happy Pil

2016 – International Photography Awards / Honorable Mention for the serie Baroque Diversity

2014 – Gold Award (Emotions) for work “Intense” in the Trierenberg Super Circuit

2013 – PX3 Prix De La Photographie De Paris /Fine art

Silver Award – Fresco The Fallen

Bronzen Award – Excession

2012- International Photography Awards

Four honourable mentions

Honorable mention Secrets

Honorable mention Magic

Honorable mention Tender

Honorable mention Sweet dreams or not

2012- PX3 Prix De La Photographie Paris / Two Honorable Mentions – photo Muzes and photo Soft

2012- Finalist: The third competition of the Julia Margaret Cameron Award, female photographers (Worldwidephotography Gala Awards)

2011 – International Loupe Awards:

Received Silver Award 2011 – Category Abstract/Illustrative

Received six Bronzen Awards 2011 – Category Abstract/Illustrative

Received two Bronzen Awards 2011 – Category People & Portrait


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