Mario Miranda Gallery (Region: Calangute)
What is it?
Goa’s most recognised and prolific artist, Mario de Miranda, was from the village Loutolim in south Goa. The Mario Miranda Galleries, located at Panjim, Margao, Porvorim, Calangute, and Carmona, feature his entire collection of artworks. Miranda made his mark not only in India but around the world, and he was the recipient of many national and international honours.
Miranda never formally studied art. He began to draw when he was a child, and in 1953 he became a cartoonist for the Times of India Group. He was a great observer of people going about their daily lives, and all of his art is based on human behaviour. His illustrations depict scenes are varied as family gatherings, a couple quarrelling on the streets, and weddings. With his undeniable talent, Miranda immortalised the Goa of yesteryear. His cartoons also feature the beautiful old buildings and colonial style architecture that Goa is famous for.
You can buy reproductions of his artworks at the galleries in various forms – books, collectable cards, postcards, bottle openers, fridge magnets, coasters, cushion covers, badges, lamp shades, crockery, t-shirts, bags, and more.
What makes it special?
Miranda’s art is world-renowned for its honesty, humour, and distinctive caricature style. But he has lesser-known, gorgeous artworks such as the Monte-Loutolim, Church in Macau, and Serenade, which showcase his talent and diversity in style. The Mario Miranda Gallery is one of the best places for anyone who would like to carry away a piece of Goa with them, whether on a curio or a priceless original available for sale.
Mario Miranda Gallery, H. No. 674, Near Nisha's Play School, Torda, Salvador do Mundo, Penha de Franca, Goa. Phone: +91 832 241 0711.