Mario Soares

South Africa

Mario Soares left Mozambique for South Africa in 2008. He worked as an artist/embroiderer for Boitumelo in Hillbrow before coming to the Artist Proof Studio in 2010. Soares graduated in 2013 and proceeded to develop his skill in etching through a constant and intense process of discovery and experimentation. He works primarily in etching on steel plates and uses the metaphor of the road to describe the process of growing up, travel and migration. Faceless and apparently identity-less subjects give voice to the ways in which immigrants seek to make themselves invisible in
their new home country, fearful of entrenched xenophobia. In 2014, he became an intern at APS at the Pro-Shop and now has progressed into owning his own studio SO:MO: Basement Printmaking Fine Arts Studio. He has been part of numerous solo group exhibitions and art fairs both in Johannesburg (Turbine Art Fair) and in Cape Town.

 

Solo Exhibitions

 

2017 Evolution. Gallery 2
2018 Africa. Art Lovers Gallery. Pretoria

 

Group Exhibitions

 

2019 Cape Town Arts Fair. Artist Proof Studio
2019 Julie Miller Autumn Arts Collective
2019 Rosebank Rotary Arts Festival
2019 Artist Proof Studio; A Journey in Co-Creation – University of Johannesburg – FADA Gallery

2018 I see you. Artist Proof Studio
2018 Intaglio. For the love of it.Artist Proof Studio

2018 Rotary Arts Festivals
2018 Turbine Arts Fair. Artist Proof Studio
2018 Cape Town Arts Fair. Artist Proof Studio

 

 


 



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