| Mario Fernandez was born in Havana, Cuba on February 25, 1946 and was imprisoned - for political dissent- by the Castro regime at the age of sixteen. In 1965 Mario found new freedom in the United States of America and started to develop his successful career. The work of Fernandez is destined to become a true American classic. His works continue to appreciate in value and in the hearts of those who have made this unique and gentle man a part of their lives.Originals are in the collections of His Holiness Pope John Paul II, Her Royal Highness The Princess Anne of Great Britain, His Majesty, King Juan Carlos of Spain, and other notables such as Wayne Newton, Gloria Estefan, Janet Jackson, Roger Whitacker, Laurance Spelman Rockefeller*, Sigfried and Roy, Burt Reynolds, to name a few. On June 3, 1990, Fernandez presented an original work, "The Spirit of the Summit" to President and Mrs. Gorbachev of the USSR, as a tribute to "a man that has changed the world!". At the conclusion of the Desert Storm conflict, he presented works to United States Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Colin Powell, General H. Norman Schwarzkopf and His Royal Highness Prince Khalid bin Sultan Abdul Azis of Saudi Arabia.
Fernandez has published close to 200 limited editions of his paintings, sculptures and collectible works of art. Although his best know work is in realistic images of nature, Mario's mastery continues to experiment with other subjects and techniques. The realistic, surrealistic, and nature art forms developed by Fernandez have achieved international prominence.
Mario's fame is often illustrated through his representation of eagles. "The Courtship Flight" for example, was "Painting of the Year" in 1987. Mario states: "Over the past few years I have been fortunate to have created a number of paintings and sculptures featuring the American Bald Eagle. These paintings were not only faithful portrayals of this magnificent bird, but an expression of my deep respect and admiration for the nation that it represents. They are an expression of my personal gratitude for the Freedom that our national symbol has come to characterize both throughout the world and in my own life."
Mario's masterful eagle works communicate undeniable commitment and passion. Some of his accomplishments include monumental bronze sculptures and a little book entitled "If I Could Only Fly." A full size sculpture of his "Courtship Flight" painting greets visitors at an office tower in Cleveland, Ohio, and another monumental sculpture titled "The Guardian" is a majestic larger than life eagle stands watch at the Minnesota State Bank in South Saint Paul, Minnesota. The book, written and illustrated by Mario combines magnificent nature portraits with compelling verse that comes straight from the heart.
With a desire to share the beauty and wonder of what he sees and experiences with all of us, Mario states: "In everything we do and through every step we take, we are reminded of how intertwined our existence is with nature." His powerful art is intended to inspire and becomes a symbol of hope for a better world. Mario has contributed, through his multi-dimensional talents, to causes that further educational, environmental, sports and other philanthropic endeavors. Such efforts are responsible for his design of many major awards including the latest PGA Player of the Year presented to Tiger Woods for the year 2000 championship, and the US Hockey Hall of Fame, Wayne Gretzky Award, presented to Mr. Gretzky in 1999, and to Gordie Howe in 2000. Mario continues to unselfishly dedicate his talent, time and resources to causes in the quest for excellence.