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.
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.
Mario's fame is often illustrated through his representation of eagles. "The Courtship Flight" for example, was "Painting of the Year" in 1987.