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 a photo artist/ digital artist. She is based in the Netherlands and from origine, Surinam (South-America), Indonesia (Asia) and Dutch (Europe).

I create mystique, heavenly, dark and dreamy creations mixed with my own contemporary influences in my life. 

Without history there is no present, without present there is no future, no dreams, no memories not something to “go” for.

The hyperphotocollages I create are stories of our travels in life and sometimes when they are brought together, they become one journey.

Info War

I have worked at this project from 2013 till now. My fresco’s tell a story, not a story of a single person, but a story of our world. Our old world and our new world, blended together. It was a lot of work to create them, but only with love for our world, fresco’s, photography and photoshop I was able to re-create the glory of old fresco’s again…

All is photographed and processed by myself (models, surrounding, background, animals, accesoires etc) I want the complete work to exist from my hands and mind. Creating fresco’s are time consuming, it takes about more than a year to create to about a half year. I’m not working in a team, I create alone and all is done by myself.
“In my fresco’s, you can see chaos, melancholy, death and also love asks its sacrifices in most of my fresco’s. That’s what we see with our eyes. In reality, you see the reflection of eternal struggle. (For example: In soulcollector – refugees exploited and Xenophobia speaks for itself…). It’s the battle of life itself, our life, right at this moment – the difficulties in our contemporary life expressed in old masters frescoes.

In the middle of this chaos, in this massive entanglement, there seems to be no solution, hopelessness. No prospects.

But, by placing the viewer outside of the framework of the fresco, another different perspective exist. A perspective which enables us to find tools, right in the middle of this hopelessness.

We find tools to let life win back its territory.


Info Surreal City’s:

During history people gathered in cities to live, love, looking for shelter and work together.

The development of this evolution is visible. People came and left, but their buildings survived the test of time. They are silent witnesses of  evolution and the development of mankind. Architecture shows development on social, cultural and technical level.

In my work the city itself is one big metaphor. I break time barriers and memories to reach this level of boundless thinking, to create a realistic surrealism that echoes the history of mankind.



– 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

-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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