Mario Avati Biography

Mario Avati




Mario Avati, printmaker and book illustrator, was born in the Principality of Monaco on May 27, 1921. He studied at the École des Arts Decoratifs in Nice and the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. He began exploring the techniques of etching and aquatint in 1947 but, by 1957, he had turned exclusively to mezzotint. He was internationally regarded as a master of the medium and aided in the revival of its popularity as a fine art.

Avati made over 400 prints and illustrated six deluxe editions of books with original mezzotints. His work was included in countless solo and group exhibitions in museums and public institutions internationally. He was awarded the Prix de la Critique for drawing and printmaking in 1957, a Gold Medal at the First International Exhibition of Graphic Art in Florence, and the Grand Prix of Arts of the City of Paris in 1981. He was a member of the Society of French painters and engravers.

His works are represented in more than 100 public collections including the Victoria and Albert Museum (London), Gemeente Museum (The Hague), Musée des beaux-arts (Brussels), Uffizi (Florence), Metropolitan Museum and the Museum of Modern Art (New York), Art Institute of Chicago, and the Library of Congress and the National Gallery (Washington, D.C.).

Mario Avati lived and worked in Paris and he died there on February 26, 2009.