Mariska Karto is a photo artist based in The Netherlands.
I was born in Suriname – South America. Originally Surinamese, Indonesian, African and a little Dutch. I grew up 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 my 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. I re-create the fresco and landscapes into a new contemporary form through photography and my digital skills.
I merge figures and stories into my carefully constructed hyper photo collages. Societies are visualized. I want to show you 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.
My Citylandscapes and botanicals shows realism and surrealism blended together in terms of, contemporary, history, timeless, documentary and with a touch of humor and imagination.
My 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/