John MARA, born on the 16th of October 1972 in Bucharest Romania. Inspired by his father who also is an artist, he has painted his whole life and began classic art studies at the ”Art School of Stockholm” at the age of 15.
At 18 he was accepted at the ”University College of Arts, Crafts and Design” of Stockholm (Konstfack) as one of the youngest students ever.
In 1993 John Mara took both 1st and 2nd place (together with fellow artist Eric Ericson) and became the overall winner of the Scandinavias largest newspaper ”Expressen”, contest in creativity. Notable names in the jury included: Björn Springfeldt (Museum of Modern Art), Colin Nutley (Film Director), Joakim Jonason (Paradiset/DDB) and Dan Wolgers (Artist). The price money was used for further education in London at ”The School of Communication Arts”.
Since then John Mara has worked as an Art Director & Creative Director at the best advertising agencies in Stockholm for 15 years, resulting in numerous international creative awards at the, The New York Festivals in USA, The International Advertising Festival in Cannes, France ”Cannes Lions”, EPICA (Europe’s Premier Creative Award) as well as the national Swedish award ”The Golden Egg” to name a few.
During this time he continued to develop his painting, but kept his artistic work on the side of his creative job.
Since 2007 John Mara is working full time on his art and artistic projects.…Read More
Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden
Galleri Gummeson, Strandvägen in Stockholm 2003 and 2004
Galleri Bollhusgränd 8, Köpmanstorget, Gamla Stan, Stockholm 2003
Musslan, Dalagatan 46, Stockholm 2005
Sturehof at Stureplan, Stockholm 2005
Pontus by the Sea, Skeppsbron, Gamla Stan, Stockholm 2006
Duro showroom, Nybrogatan 51, Stockholm 2008
Château L’Arnaude, Lorgues, Provance/French Riviera, France 2008
Pontus by the Sea, Skeppsbron, Gamla Stan, Stockholm, 24 Sep – 10 Oct 2009
Konstbar, Alströmergatan 16, Stockholm, 1 – 4 October 2009
Galleri Naïve, Grevgatan 32, Stockholm, 11 March – 5 April 2010
Romanian Embassy, Östermalmsgatan 36, Stockholm, 22 April – 1 May 2010
Studio Vintage, Grev Turegatan 22, Stockholm, 1 June – 30 August 2011 …Read More
The Art School of Stockholm 1987 – 88
Advertising & Crafts, Riddarfjärdsskolan, Stockholm, 1989 – 1991
University Collage of Arts, Craft and Design, (Konstfack), Stockholm, 1991 – 1993
School of Communication Arts, London, 1993 – 1994…Read More