Mario Schleinzer was born on 31 March 1961 in Vienna. The artist grew up in Himberg, a town in Lower Austria, which lies a few kilometers south of Vienna. Commuting between metropolitan and contemplative village life was usual for him, from childhood to later years. Finally Schleinzer found his home in Vienna in the early 1990s.
Having been brought up in the country side, in a bourgeois environment, which showed no special interest in fine arts, Mario Schleinzer opted a different world, and in 1985 went to the Vienna School of Arts, where he studied painting under Peter Carer for four semesters.
In this art school Schleinzer finally found like-minded people, those that his hometown social environment did not as the towns interests were entirely different ones. His enthusiasm and talent for painting is what lead him to an application to the University of Applied Arts. This is where Mario Schleinzer found his artistic home with his surreal, fantastic images in the master class of Wolfgang Hutter. With the entry in the lexicon of the fantastic artists in 2012, Schleinzer has now the same appreciation as his famous predecessors and teachers.
During his studies at the University Schleinzer, he had begun his teaching at the Vienna Art School and at different locations of the Wiener Volkshochschulen.
The contact with his students, teaching and sharing the experience and knowledge with them, as well as seeing how they develop over the years, was and still is a great pleasure for him.
Painting represents an introvert glance for Mario Schleinzer. He needs no long journeys into far, foreign countries, when one can barely decipher the strange and unknown areas of his or her own subconsciousness during ones short period of existence on this planet. So for him, exploring the world, means to track down the real existence of a human being by exploring his deep hidden emotions.
Producing art allows the artist not only a special communication with himself, it is also the only way to be able to express the complexity of his personal perception. It is a visualization of feelings and thoughts and it is a view of his individual reflections of the impressions of the outer world.
The Paintings are a kind of display of the innermost feelings, thoughts and interpretations of the Painter. The meaning is translated into symbolic values of the objects, shapes and colors. The artist opens his world, invites the recipient to take a look into his heart, but nevertheless the viewer is left in the dark.
The painting is carried out on a pre-processed hardboard. After the transfer of a design, the further development of the painting is done in countless operations with color pencils and layers of aqueous acrylic paints. Followed by many layers of transparent resin oil colors. Light and shade of the older layers still have an effect on the final result. When the oil color is dried, a final varnish is the last covering layer on top of the painting.