Mario Miranda’s Art Work: Souvenir from Goa

To come back from Goa without a piece of Mario Miranda’s cartoon work is like coming back home empty handed. Mario’s art works are not paintings or drawings; they fall under the category of illustrations. Using just black and white, Mario has churned out numerous illustrations that depict Goan life. He has very successfully placed this tiny little state of India firmly in every traveler’s and tourist’s dream.

Life of Mario Miranda

Wiki mentions: right from the tender age of six Mario Miranda showed his inclinations towards drawing, the walls of his home were his first canvas. He pursued his passion more than his studies. His early works appeared in Illustrated Weekly of India, a weekly magazine of India. Soon he was offered work in several other reputed magazines of India. A scholarship for travel and a year’s stay in Portugal helped him broaden his horizon.

Bachelor Apartment (Male)

Later Mario Miranda traveled abroad to several countries. And the memories he brought back were sketched accurately in a very humorous style. His works are compiled into books like Goa with Love, A little World of Humor, Sketch book, Germany in Wintertime, Impression of Paris and Mario de Miranda.
Mario Miranda's art work

Souvenirs from Goa

Mario Miranda’s art work can be now brought back home in the form of a souvenir. A piece of cutlery or a framed wall hanging or a T-shirt and numerous other options. I have made five trips to Goa till date and each time I keep bringing back some souvenir or the other. Yet I feel my collection isn’t enough.

He got a series of awards from not only Government of India but also from the heads of several other countries.

  • Padma Shri in 1988,
  • Padma Bhushan in 2002
  • Life Time Achievement Award from All India Cartoonists’s Association, Bangalore
  • Highest civilian honor of “Cross of the Order of Isabel the Catholic” from the King of Spain, Juan Carlos, in 11 Nov. 2009
  • “Commander of the Order of Prince Henry”, a Portuguese National Order of knighthood from Portugal, under the President of the Republic Aníbal António Cavaco Silva in Dec 2009.

He passed away on 11th Dec 2011. It will be his third death anniversary this Thursday!

Mario Miranada's art work

Bachelor Apartment (Female)

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34 Responses

  1. Beautiful and funny Indrani.

  2. DeniseinVA says:

    Lovely souvenirs Indrani. I like to purchase a few items that remind me of the places I have been.

  3. Sylvia K says:

    Oh, beautiful and funny indeed, Indrani!! I'm so glad you shared these with us!! I, too, like to bring home items from vacations I've taken — it's like getting to enjoy your trip all over again!!

  4. Joyful says:

    I haven't heard of Mario but I have heard of Goa. Thanks for introducing me to Mario too. His illustrations are fantastic. What a talent.

  5. Arija says:

    Thank you for the wonderful sense of fun in these images Indrani. I quite understand you having to have a 'souvenir' of his labours.

  6. alicesg says:

    Lovely souvenirs. Happy Tuesday.

  7. Great post on Mario Miranda, One of my favorite cartoonist & artist.
    Thanks for sharing.

  8. Yes Mario was an illustrious and distinguished artist and cartoonist.
    Belonged to a gifted tribe that is fast vanishing !

  9. ladyfi says:

    What playful and wonderful drawings!

  10. magiceye says:

    He sure was an amazing artist!

  11. Bibi says:

    Cute. I'd probably buy something.

  12. Oh wow! I'm so jealous. I really want one of those mugs 🙂

  13. Beautiful illustration … got a get one on my next trip 🙂

  14. Jeevan says:

    Great knowing this man and his art form! I can understand from your post that how much he influenced with Goa

  15. Mario's work will be remembered through such souvenirs.

  16. lol, the difference between male and female 🙂

  17. Informative. I went to the net to learn more.Thank you.

  18. D.Nambiar says:

    I've got one of those 'tiles.' 🙂
    I love it and I love the fact that he has his own style.

  19. Mario Miranda is one of my favorite Cartoonist (actually he is more an illustrator like Uderzo) other than R.K.Laxman. The Souvenirs look lovely.

  20. Najm Nisa says:

    Wonderful illustrations !

  21. Great artist he is ..lovely souvenirs…

  22. Priyashi says:

    lovely souvenirs…liked it…:)

  23. Uttpal K says:

    I am myself a big fan of Mario. Thanks for the post..:)

  24. Appreciative work and this work is greeted by the list of Precious awards

  25. Uppal says:


  26. Wow…… Nice post Indrani!!! I remember my papa always praising him :-))

  27. Bachelor apartment visualization is very close to reality

  28. The bachelor apartments works were both awesome. Loved the small mugs as well.

  29. Wonderful illustrations!

  30. Indeed he was an illustrious cartoonist children loved his cartoons.Great artist to have had won so many prestigious awards.Artists like Mario and R.K.Laxman are very rare.

  31. Mario de MirandMiranda's museum may soon be a reality in Goa.

  32. Amazing artist…, Interesting post here.

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