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Mariska Karto

Mariska Karto is a photo artist based in The Netherlands.

The human figure:

Looking at the overview of my entire portfolio, one aspect strongly emerges. The diversity of the human form. Mostly in the female form but lately also more in the male form.

With my background, containing several continents around the world, I have a strong interest in showing a combination of art and the beauty of world cultures.

During my development as an artist, a landscape has emerged of an extraordinary mix in a strong own style, expressed in many forms, vulnerable, powerful, devine, humor, playful and timeless, not hindered by imposed rules or rank.

I am inspired by figure art, human forms, world colors, nature and historical art such as: baroque, pre-raphaelite, art nouveau but also contemporary times, because this is the time which I live in.

Of course you can see the influences of my life in my work. The diversity of cultures in which I live in, in contemporary time and of course being a woman myself.

In my work it is not only about the form on the outside but also the inner beauty reflected in the created aesthetic beauty.

With my work I want to show people how beautiful humans are, regardless of culture, rank, preference or status. I hope that people will appreciate the diversity of the human race more and broaden their view of the world.

Hyper photocollage: “Creating the extraordinary”

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/


-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)

-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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