Mario Toral. Chilean Artist; painter, printmaker, illustrator and writer. He studied in the Escuela de Bellas Artes in Montevideo, Uruguay and under Henry-Georges Adam in Paris. While living in Paris from 1950 to 1962, he familiarized himself with techniques of drawing and printmaking.
On his return to Chile in 1962, he taught at the Escuela De Artes of Universidad Católica in Santiago, until 1972 when he established himself in New York. He returns to Chile in 1995 to create the Art School of University Finis Terrae, being Dean for 15 years. Actually, he is devoted exclusively to his art and writing, sharing his time between New York and Santiago.
Toral has illustrates over 40 books of poets and writers, especially from Nobel Prize, Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda. Among his literary works, his stories have publishes in United States, Sweden and France. In 1997 he published the book Tanai y el Resplandor de Eros, about his life experience linked to some major work of arts, and in 2010, Toarlen el Pais de las Maravillas, a combination of literary texts and pictorical images, reflecting his personal vision of the world.
He is renown for his numerous murals; the most important one, Memorial Visual de una Nacion in Santiago, Chile. This project was filmed in a documentary that won the Gran Premio in the Bienal de Cine Latinoamericano in Triste, Italy in 2002.
In 1980, Mario Topral was awarded with the Guggenheim Prize in the United States. He was artist in residence at Fordham University, New York, and in 1988, Thomas Messer, Director of Guggenheim Museum, selected Tral to represent Chile in the Art Olumpics in Seul, Korea. His painting in the most important Museums, such as the Metropolitan Art Museum, Moma and Brooklyn Museum, in New York, the Art Museum of Texas University, Texas, and the Art Museum of Indianapolis, Indiana, and in private collections.
Toral has carried out numerous collective and individual expositions in Chile and all over the world: Brazil, France, Argentina, United States, Yugoslavia, Spain, El Salvador, Colombia, Mexico, Germany, Switzerland, Canada, Australia, among others.
Since his first works, Mario Toralrepresents the human body in different forms: naked, transmuted, didintegrated or diaphanous, in a person language that speaks of his own experience and emotions. Thehistoric aspects stand out in his refined work. The human drama,as the protagonist, is manifested even in images where the figure is not physically present. The work of Toral sometimes is shaken, rocked, buffeted by emotions, by sudden terrors, by acid criticism, and others, a atense peace takes hold of the scene and offers a breath of trust, hope, that makes us think that the world ir still, a beautifull place.
“Mario Toral’s watercolors are at the same time, extremely delicate and extremely strong.
Thou his palette is soft as the mist, his images are inscrutable. Never before there have been such delicate but unmerciful paintings at the Fendrick Gallery.”
“The Washington Post”
“Toral’s art bring us wide range of thoughts and feelings, fantasies and existential mystery.”
Modern Art Museum, MOMA
“Toral puts a spell on us with his masterful techniques and with his particular images that mix human forms with birds in landscapes that belong to other worlds”.
David L. Shirey
“The New York Times”
New York, USA
“Toral transforma su transformación, forma su forma, dilate su latitud. Toral explora el desconocido universo que nos acecha desde las altas torres. Los ojos del mar que allí se quedaron después de la más alta marea”.
“Toral transforms his own transformation, shapes his forms, expands his latitude. Toral explores the unknown universe that haunts us from the high towers.
The Eyes of the sea that there were left after the highest tide.”