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Mario Picardo, between town planning and comic strips at the Guido Romero Pierini – Michael Timsit Gallery

After the success of the “So Close” exhibition, the painter Mario Picardo returns to the Guido Romero Pierini – Michael Timsit Gallery. The Chilean-born artist, a graduate of the École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts de Paris, presents a series of paintings on canvas created this year at the Joseph-Chapon Gallery in a 360° virtual exhibition.

Mario Picardo’s work is inhabited by his passion for comic strips and animated films. His paintings are inspired by his family memories and the cartoons he loved to watch as a child, such as “Saludos Amigos,” which was very popular in Argentina. Nourished by American expressionist abstraction and pop culture, Mario Picardo’s lively gestures reflect his appetite for color, movement and drawing, and question the viewer through the tensions between abstraction and figurative forms.

L'oeuvre Sans titre 7 de Mario Picardo

Rich in references, this exhibition also highlights the importance of the urban environment as a source of inspiration for Mario Picardo. Indeed, during his travels in the city, the artist uses his mobile phone to collect traces of our society, which he then transforms into signs and forms in his notebooks. He mixes these external signs of the city with his inspirations from American painting and popular culture to compose vast paintings where bright colors rub shoulders with black elements, in a desire to elevate craftsmanship to the rank of art.

L'oeuvre Birthday Punch 1 de Mario Picardo

Why did we like it ? 

Mario Picardo is not satisfied with simply reproducing what he observes and then recording it in his notebooks. From these external elements that he has collected, he gives all his energy to create and compose vast canvases in bright and animated colors, which question, through references, the organization of space and the raw materials used.


L'oeuvre Birthday Punch 2 de Mario Picardo


Guido Romero Pierini – Michael Timsit Gallery 

360° virtual exhibition accessible on the gallery’s website in November and December.

20 and 21, rue Chapon, Paris 3e 

Price of the works: from 2,200 € to 5,200 €


L'oeuvre Sans titre 15 de Mario Picardo