International clients benefit from Maria’s extensive experience as portraitist, understanding their individual needs and offering her personal back up throughout the project. Maria is available to travel abroad. Sitters have the option of being painted live, alternatively the artist might take photographs, organize the composition and make sketches before working on the painting in her studio. The artist works together with the sitter to agree what is appropriate for a particular project and brings the experience of being painted as special as the portraits themselves.
“Award-winning artist Maria Mari Murga recently presented the official portrait of Ambassador Antonio Manuel R. Lagdameo at the Philippine Embassy in London on December 12. Murga is a Filipina-Spanish artist based in London. Her artwork feature in a large number of private collections, including well-known corporate clients. She received various awards from The Royal Society of British Artists, The de Laszlo Foundation and The Pastel Society at The Mall Galleries in London.
Murga has been the Embassy’s official portraitist, having painted the portraits of former ambassadors Enrique A. Manalo, currently Undersecretary for Policy of the Department of Foreign Affairs, and Evan P. Garcia, currently Permanent Representative of the Philippines to the United Nations in Geneva. These portraits are currently displayed at the Embassy’s Receiving Room at No. 8 Suffolk Street, London. The official presentation was attended by senior officers of the Philippine Embassy.”