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Mario's tremendous popularity is highlighted by his ability to paint in many diverse styles ranging from classic and realistic styles, which are popular among Nu Realism collectors, to passionate impasto paintings with richly textured details. His extraordinary use of light, reflection, dramatic brush strokes and attention to detail are unique traits in his style of painting and distinguish his work from his contemporaries. He studied at the Seoul Industrial Junior College, from which he graduated in 1971. In July, 1986 he entered the Exhibition of Fine Art of the Seoul Artists Association, and was awarded the Grand Prize of Western style painting