Mario Miranda: Notes on the Artists Style

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Mario's drawings were spontaneous reaction to the world as he saw it. His work reflect the zest that made possible the society he was in. For e.g Bombay during the seventies and eighties. An avid traveller he has also depicted in depth the life in Jerusalem, New York, Paris, Macau, Singapore, Tokyo etc. ___________________________________________________________________________________

Biography By Manohar Malgonkar p:6 Mario says he is not cartoonist. It is just that he can draw and he loves to do it. This explains why he is called “a social cartoonist” rather than a “political cartoonist”.

When he finds that there is something funny he draws a cartoon -- because he is a born humorist. At the same time he can be serious and brooding when he observes something serious like a temple, church, graveyard or ruins; then he draws.

His cartoons lack a gag effect—it pricks but does not draw blood. This is not because he consciously steer clears off the “scared cows” in India but largely due to how he perceives the world. Nevertheless, there is a bit of consciousness to avoid politics. For e.g he does draw politicians in general but is particular to avoid caricaturing or draw a cartoon of any one person.

In short one can conclude that some times he simply draws and sometimes he draws a cartoons.

Dogs, almost steal into most of his cartoons unconsciously. This lends a tone to the work. An animal lover himself, dogs act as an detached observer in the picture, much like the artist who created his work.

(Charles Schultz who created Peantus had many characters drawn from real life. He had poodle which he drew in his cartoons. Mario's boxer “Tommy” he says was his best friend and worst critic. We may conclude that his cartoons have real life characters. 'Death of a...
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