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Mariska Karto

 Mariska Karto is an artist based in The Netherlands.

The Art of Mariska Karto

Mariska Karto, born in Paramaribo – Suriname and raised in the Netherlands, has roots in Suriname and Indonesia, grew up in The Netherlands, is a contemporary art photographer whose work transcends the conventional boundaries of photography.

Her unique vision and techniques have earned her international recognition and her name has become synonymous with innovative visual language.

Karto started her journey into the world of photography with a passion for portrait photography, but soon her work evolved towards more conceptual and abstract forms. Her portfolio consists of a series of powerful images that combine emotion, imagination and storytelling. She goes beyond capturing moments; she creates images that tell complex stories and explore deeper meanings.

The human figure shows in a dreamlike way, the connection with another not visible world. Sometimes this is a poetic world, sometimes a dark raw world.

In her City landscapes there is attention to Architecture and Nature.

 Architecture represents human creativity and technological progress. In Karto’s work, architecture often serves as a symbol for the human-created world. The nature in her work evokes emotions and thrills the viewer for special natural areas that we are in danger of losing.

The contrast between the organic beauty of nature and the man-made structures raises questions about the relationship between humans and the environment. 


About her War Project: “These are very difficult works that cannot easily be evoked in inspiration. Why to create these difficult photohypercollages? Because official studies into how wars arise have shown that they arise silently. Polarization and hatred are examples of silent hate influences . Let’s look at the past and learn from it. Now more than ever. I didn’t acknowledge it for a long time. I’m also a War artist. To open eyes.”

International Recognition 

Mariska Karto’s art has attracted the attention of art critics, festivals and galleries around the world. Her work has been exhibited in art galleries and museums in cities such as New York, Paris, London and China – Pingyao. She has received numerous awards and accolades for her contributions to the world of contemporary art photography. 

Future Perspectives 

As an artist, Mariska Karto is constantly exploring new ideas and techniques. Her future looks as bright as her impressive past. She continues to explore the boundaries of photography and undoubtedly has many visual stories to tell that continue to amaze and inspire us. In a world where visual culture is becoming increasingly important, Mariska Karto is an artist whose work reminds us that photography is not just about capturing reality, but also about creating new worlds and exploring the depths of the human soul. Her art will undoubtedly continue to resonate and challenge us to look beyond what we see at first glance.


Mariska is a global artist and has exhibited internationally several times.

Mariska Karto started her career as photo artist in 2010 and in 2012 officially. In short time she has won various well known international awards (including the PX3 Prix De La Photographie De Paris, First place Gold Award, in complete category Professionals Fine Art) and is also nominated as Ambassador of tolerance in 2016.”



– 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 houses

-Commissioned by: CORTESE VENEZIA – The historical original perfumes of Venice

“The collection of perfumes developed from the original secret recipes and formulas of Venice, lost for hundreds of years and now rediscovered.”



Denver, USA, https://www.abendgallery.com/ – my Citylandscapes and Fresco’s are available in the gallery / Citylandscape’s and fresco’s printed on metal

Den Haag, The Netherlands – member Pulchri Studio, https://www.pulchri.nl/nl/

The Netherlands – https://www.galeriepersoon.nl

London, Leontia Gallery, https://leontiagallery.com/artists

Emmen, Micks Art Gallery, https://www.micksartcollectief.nl/

Paris –  https://www.charlet-photographies.com/index.php/fr/


-Micks Art Gallery Emmen, The Netherlands – oktober 2023/ januari 2024

-Exhibition New Members – Pulchri Studio / juli 2023

-Voorjaarssalon en Jacob Hartogprijs: Pulchri Studio/ april  2023

-Kleine formaat tentoonstelling – Pulchri Studio Den Haag / februari – mei 2023

-2022, toegelaten tot Pulchri,https://www.pulchri.nl/nl/

-From September – December 2022, Museum de Fundatie, Klimaatexpo 2022, Zwolle (The Netherlands – Fresco Climatechange Europe)

-From 25 August – 25 September Solo-exhibition 2021: Galerie Persoon and Oogenlust, the Netherlands

-From 30 November – January 2020 Solo-exhibition: Anita Neve Photo Gallery, the Netherlands

-From 25 May – 1 Septembre 2019, Museum de Fundatie, Zomerexpo 2019, Zwolle (The Netherlands – Citylandscape Europe)

-From 10 November 2018 – 10 January 2019, Anita Neve Galerie, Almere (the Netherlands)

-From 2 November 2018 my City-Landscape Den Haag/Delft at New Stadskantoor in Delft (the Netherlands)

-From 9-11 November 2018 in Paris, Imagenation Paris (France)

– Affordable Art Fair Battersea- Public House of Art (Autumn Edition: 2018) (UK)

-Hampstead London – Artfair UK 2018 (UK)

-Art Breda: Artfair The Netherlands 2018 (The Netherlands)

– KUNSTHUYS Best/ The Netherlands: December 2017-January 2018

(The Netherlands)

– Affordable Art Fair Battersea (Autumn Edition: October 2017) (UK)

– Art Pampelonne Saint Tropez: July 2017

– KunstRAI Amsterdam: June 2017

– Affordable Art Fair Hampstead (London): May 2017

– Art Breda: May 2017

-Context New York City: May 2017

-Abend Gallery, USA – Denver:  march/april 2017

-Public House of Art, New York City AAF: 29 March – 2 April 2017

-Public House of Art, Amsterdam March 2017

-AAF Battersea, London, March 2017

-Scope Art show – New York, March 2017

-AAF Brussel, February 2017

-Rotterdam Contemporary and Affordable Art Fair Milan, both between Feb 8th-12th 2017

-Arte Fiera @ Bologna in Italy -27/30-01-2017

-Abend Gallery, Denver USA, 2017

Gallery Beeldend Gesproken/ Face the Dutch – Amsterdam

Exhibition 2 – 5 september 2016

Paris – Px3 Prix De La Photographie De Paris, Special Exhibition in Paris July 12-15, 2016

My Contemporary Fresco’s are Fine art winners of complete category Fine Art 2016 – therefore they will be present on a Special Exhibition

Gallery Perry Kish – Heerlen

Exhibition Heerlen/ The Netherlands – Twee werken te zien vanaf 19 december 2015 tm januari 2016

19 december 2015 – 31 januari 2016

Smash Gallery – San Francisco

Fresco’s and Muzes

12 september 2015 – 10 oktober 2015

AFK Gallery – Lisbon

Group Exhibition

22 mei 2015 – 11 juli 2015

Leontia Gallery – London

Pop-up show

19 september 2014 – 7 oktober 2014

Grachten Gallery Utrecht

Duo Exhibition with Jake Baddeley

7 september 2014 – 21 oktober 2014


-FotoArtfestival Polen, solo-exhibition, 11th October till the 27th October 2019 in BIelsko-BIała. Poland

– Festival de Parfum in Grasse /Exposition “A fleur de peau” Grasse au pays des merveilles, 26th- 28th july 2019. France

-Group-exhibition in Arles, as part of the Voies Off Festival, at Galerie des Arenes, in the very heart of Arles under the care of imagination Paris. 15-20 july 2019 France

-From 19-25 September 2018, The largest festival of photography, in the Imperial City of Pingyao (China)

-Face the Dutch / Artwest – Amsterdam

Contemporary Photography of the Netherlands

2 September – 15 November 2016

Fotofever Paris

Paris presentation – Represented by Charlet Photographies. Fotofever Paris Carrousel Du Louvre.

13 november 2015 – 15 november 2015

International Photofestival Leiden

Two works to “Face the Dutch”at International Photofestival Leiden

10 oktober 2015 – 31 oktober 2015

Photoville Dutch Photography – New York

Photoville New York

11 september 2015 – 20 september 2015

Dutch Photography – New York

Alive! – Exhibition

18 september 2014 – 28 september 2014

Fotofever Paris

15 november 2013 – 17 november 2013

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