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Mario Schmolka was born in Vienna, Austria. After graduating from the College of Photography in Vienna, he moved to Milan. While assisting in the legendary Superstudio 13 and some of the most influential photographers, he was involved in productions for clients such as Moschino, Prada, Versace, Vogue, Marie Claire,  to name a few. 

Mario is known for his strong yet sensual imagery.  Besides his Fashion and Beauty work, he also had the pleasure to work with numerous celebrities including Heidi Klum, Gerard Butler, Tommy Hilfiger, Aerin Lauder, Sebastién Izambard (Il Divo), Lars Ulrich (Metallica),  Karim Rashid, Manolo Blahnik, Bar Refaeli among others. 

With "The Real RocknRolla" Mario directed his first Video starring Vinnie Woolsten.

His first book "Intense" was published by the German DAAB - Verlag, followed by 2 Solo Exhibitions at the UFO - Space in Frankfurt and Westlicht Gallerie in Vienna.

He was also invited to be a guest lecturer at the Art Institute of NYC. 

In 2010 one image of the series "Radiance" was auctioned at the Bloomingdales Charity Gala for Haiti victims hosted by Sotheby's. 


Mario won the Austrian Fashion Award in 2012. 

In 2019 Mario has collaborated with Heidi Klum for the 3rd time on her TV Show Germany's Next Top Model. 

He and his family live in Malibu.  




Magazines 

Vogue (german), Vogue (chinese), GQ, Glamour, Amica, Issue One, Allure (US), Vanity Fair (italian), Cocoon, Peng!

Clients

Adidas, Astor, Cartier, Cadenzza, Crystallized, Estée Lauder, H&M, Leica, L'Oreal, La Biosthétique, Olymp, Palmers Lingerie, Pantene Pro V, Procter & Gamble, Panasonic, P&C, Rimmel-London, Swarovski, Silhouette, Triumph Lingerie, Wella.