English artist Mario Parga is perhaps best known for his virtuoso guitar music, yet since childhood has been equally at home with fine art.
Specializing in portraiture, figurative, landscapes and still lifes in the contemporary and classical realism styles, Mario has painted professionally for twenty five years. Using only the highest quality materials, Mario prepares his canvases and canvas panels by hand with an initial layer of rabbit skin glue size followed by a double ground of two distinct earth colors mixed with lead primer. He then begins the drawing followed by an underpainting and subsequent layers of oil paint in the tradition of the Old Masters. He makes his own painting medium and uses mostly Charvin oil colors.
Throughout his painting career, Mario has painted numerous high profile portraits for private collections around the world, painted murals (including all the murals at Chingle Hall, England, built in 1260AD, as featured on a BBC documentary), exhibited with the Royal Institute of Oil Painters at the Pall Mall Galleries of London and hone of his Old Master copies (Bouguereau) auctioned by world renowned fine-art auctioneers Bonhams of London. He is currently a patron of the Portrait Society of America.
Mario’s studio is located in Las Vegas, NV where he resides with his wife Shawna and their daughter Skye.
Charvin Paint Quote:
Mario Parga uses, endorses and recommends Charvin Oil Colors.
"For clear, luminous vibrant color with exceptional mixing and handling properties combined with a high pigment load, I prefer Charvin Oil Colors over all other brands of paint. The difference really is amazing, and you owe it to yourself and your art to try them out." - Mario Parga