Mariska Karto is a photo artist based in The Netherlands.
A growth of strength can be seen in her female portraits. What always comes back is the position of the woman, regardless of color or rank. Expressed in many forms, vulnerable, powerful, devine, humour, playful and timeless, not hindered by imposed rules or rank.
Mariska’s muses are represented in many facets of life, in various settings.
She is inspired by figure art, feminine forms, satire, world colors, nature and historical art such as: baroque, pre-raphaelite, art nouveau but also contemporary times, because this is the time in which she lives in.
Of course you can see the influences of her life in her work. The diversity of cultures in which she lives in, in contemporary time and of course being a woman herself.
In her hyper photo collage works, time fades, creating a strange dimension. A dimension in which time no longer plays a role.
The old and new world blended together. Karto re-creates the fresco and landscapes into a new contemporary form through photography and her digital skills.
Karto merges figures and stories into her carefully constructed hyper photo collages. Societies are visualized. Karto shows the dynamics of societies that ultimately have to find a form together in order to continue. Because only then societies can survive the test of time.
Her botanical worlds tells about strange stories. Karto uses surrealism to tell stories that still echoes in contemporary time.
Her hyperfoto collage work has mostly an underlying thought, deeper layers or question.
Due to the many preparations and photos in the hyper collages, in which many model-appointments had to be made in advance in the studio and also had to be taken outside the studio, the hyperphoto collages grow slowly but steadily.
Every detail has to be photographed. This requires careful planning and an intensive way of working.
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.”
The Netherlands – https://www.galeriepersoon.nl
The Netherlands – https://www.anitanevegalerie.nl/
Paris – https://www.charlet-photographies.com/index.php/fr/
London – https://leontiagallery.com/