Current Exhibition

VOYAGE

Mario Soares

A solo exhibition
Exhibition Opening : 21st November at 11h00
21st November – 18th December 2020
Exhibition extended into January 2021
The exhibition will run from the 21st of november to the 18th of december 2020
The gallery will be open on Wednesday – Friday 10h00 – 17h00; Saturday from 10h00 – 14h00; Tuesday by appointment only
Please contact us info@gallery2.co.za for any further information.

This exhibition is a showcase of Mario Soares New body of work. 

Artist Statement 

Since I was a child in Mozambique I knew that I wanted to be an artist. Growing up, I have experienced art through joining other groups of artists. My work at that time wasn’t of a good standard. When I moved to South Africa almost 10 years ago now, my work has developed and gone through many changes and transitions. My work is largely about the life and perspective of people in Mozambique and South Africa.

Since graduating from Artist Proof Studio, I have produced numerous etchings on steel plates and each time I explore new aspects of intaglio techniques. This is a constant and intense process of discovery and experimentation. In my work I have begun to challenge the scale and depth in the images through printing on a large scale and joining plates to make up landscapes and cityscapes that engulf the viewer. In these works perspective and depth are explored and emphasized.

Mario pedro soares
BIOGRAPHY

Mario Soares is a Mozambican artist based in Johannesburg South Africa. He moved from Mozambique to South Africa in 2008. Soares initially worked as an artist/embroiderer for Boitumelo in Hillbrow, however in 2010 he began his studies at Artist Proof Studio. Soares graduated in 2013 and proceeded to develop his skill in etching. Soares’ medium is printmaking, and he works primarily in etching on steel plates. In his body of work he divulges into the metaphor of the road to explore concepts concerning the processes of growing up, travel and migration. As an immigrant himself, Soares chooses to use faceless and generalised ‘identity-less’ subjects as he feels it gives a 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. Soares now works as an independent artist full time from his studio in Johannesburg.

He has been part of numerous group shows and art fairs both in Johannesburg and in Cape Town.