Mario Fegan, Quito, Ecuador (1991) . Traditional artist, oil painter.
His interest in art began very early. He started to draw and paint by himself when he was first able to hold a pencil. His parents and relatives saw this inclination and they ensured his artistic formation began in his early years. At age ten he received his first painting lessons, taught by the locally renowned watercolorist Marco Ruales. He remained under his tuition for the following three years. After that he continued to draw and paint in a self-taught manner, exploring a diverse variety of subjects and styles. In his teenage years he discovered acrylic painting and spent a couple of years developing this technique. During this time he also realized that he wanted to develop a realist style.
In his early twenties he decided to pursue art as a career and life path. Seeking to further expand his formation he met Russian artist Vladimir Tasoff and began academic training in his School of Classical Painting. There, he discovered oil painting and soon fell in love with this technique. From there on he devoted himself to the practice of oil painting. He found it to be the most suitable technique for the realist and traditional feel that he wanted to express in his art. He has taken part in many workshops on drawing and painting, both as a student and later on as a teacher. In 2016 he attended a workshop on the methods of the Old Masters taught by the renowned American artist and author Virgil Elliott.
The desire to capture beauty, emotions and magic and to be able to express it and share it with the world through his own understanding is what motivates his work. His landscape paintings are at times moody and mysterious. Through his paintings the artist attempts to portray various manifestations of the soul of nature, the Anima Mundi as some mystics named it. The search for magic and mystery in nature is a central aspect of his work.
He has also created work in the realm of fantasy art, sci-fi and illustration. His work has been published in the United States and Europe. He has created original cover artworks for local and international bands. Despite his young age he has presented multiple art exhibitions both solo and collective and his paintings can now be found in local and international collections.
The most recent series, "Terra Incognita", is a collection of landscape paintings inspired by the beautiful sights of Ecuador, his homeland. The scenery depicted is as diverse as the country’s geography, ranging from the snowy heights of the Andes Mountains to the tropical beaches of the southern Pacific Ocean, passing through the misty rainforests and crystalline rivers of the subtropical regions.