Mario Keglevic, Amsterdam Member Since July 2010 Artist Statement Mario Keglevic, Zagreb 1963. Mario was 10 years old when he got his first oil paints and started to paint. In 1993 he left to Australia during the conflict in Yugoslavia. After settling down in Perth, Mario met his forthcoming art teacher, Sarah McNamara who saw his work and encouraged him to study further art. Mario finished his studies in art and design and had several exhibitions in Australia (1995-2000). During the studies in art, one of Mario's inspirational artists was Pieter Bruegel, and as a result from this Mario moved to live and work in Amsterdam after returning to Europe in 2000. Mario Keglevic paints memories of his childhood, mainly from the countryside where he used to go to visit his uncle during the school holidays. Mario has captured the landscapes, villages and people with warm and balanced colors making his paintings to radiate with peace and harmony.