Mauro Chiarla







Mauro Chiarla

About the Artist

Born: 1949 - Piedmont, Italy

Mauro is one those very genuine people and is very modest about his great talent as an artist. When he left college, he started working as a silkscreen graphic printer and manager. He painted and drew for private shows and weekend exhibitions, such as Art in the Park.

He is always ready to learn and apply himself to new subjects and formats. He finds great fulfillment when his pictures tell a story to others and yield dimensions of emotions unknown to him during the creation of the work. Every two years Mauro and his wife revisit Italy, in particular, Umbria and Tuscany, where he paints and draws to capture scenes, taking photographs to complete the research. On his return to South Africa, we then see an explosion of talent and new works.

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Mauro was born in Piedmont, an area known as the French part of Italy, where he lived until the age of eight. As there were very economically depressing times for Italy, the Chiarla family decided to immigrate to South Africa in 1957 to start a new life. Mauro attended the normal primary and senior schooling in  South Africa and it was only in his teenage years that he studied Commercial Art at college.

He had always drawn and painted as a child, but had no real encouragement from  the outside to seek formal tuition.


No one can live in the aesthetically rich and varied Italy without it seeping into one’s pores. For Mauro, the Impressionists, Post-Impressionists and  Expressionists and particularly their use of light and colour made the biggest impact. Matisse, Cézanne, Monet and Manet from the European stable and in South  Africa, G. Goodman, Hugo Naudé and Titto Fasciciotti were also big influences.
But of course, the biggest influences on Mauro were the scenes he captured, the interaction of people in that scenery, the colours, attitudes, and movement.

Style  & Format

Definitely a Post-Impressionist, Mauro uses oil pastel, acrylic and oil paints as the main media for his works on paper, board and on canvas.
He is able to combine colours in support and contrast in a way that thrills not only us the “viewers”, but also other South African artists. He is an artist’s artist and could well command master classes were he not so humbly focused. 
Main subjects depicted in all sizes are landscapes from Southern Africa and Europe, Seascapes, Tuscan buildings and landscapes, his beloved African market scenes and wood carrier women, still lifes and interiors. Mauro has also done a series of abstract art.

In terms of collectability for the future, there is no doubt  that Mauro aspires to be a new South African master.

Please contact us should you be interested in commissioning Mauro Chiarla to paint a specific scene.


  •   South African Art Collection – V&A Waterfront, Cape Town – 2003
  •   Vineyard Gallery Claremont – Claremont, Cape Town – 2004
  •   Gallery on the Side – Fourways, Sandton –  2005
  •   Vineyard Gallery Claremont – Claremont, Cape Town – 2006
  •   Vineyard Gallery Franschhoek – Franschhoek,  Cape Winelands – 2006
  •   Gallery on the Side – Fourways, Sandton – 2007
  •   Hyde Park Gallery – Hyde Park, Johannesburg  – 2008, 2009

Private  Collections

  •   The Table Bay Hotel – V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
  •   The Worcester Hotel & Casino – Worcester, Western Cape