Mario’s big break came in 1974, when, at the invitation of the United States Information Services, he travelled to America, which enabled him to promote his art and interact with other cartoonists in U.S.A. and also got a chance to work with Charles M. Schulz, the creator of Peanuts and met Herblock, the editorial cartoonist of the Washington Post.
He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1988, the Padma Bhushan in 2002 and All India Cartoonists’s Association, Bangalore, honoured him with a lifetime achievement award.
He has held solo exhibitions in over 22 countries, including USA, Japan, Brazil, Australia, Singapore, France, Yugoslavia and Portugal.
Mario has now settled in his ancestral home, at Loutolim, a village in Salcete, Goa, with his wife, younger son and their pets. This house also features in 1985 Shyam Benegal film, Trikaal.
Even though retired, Mario’s work is seen regularly in Mumbai publications and he gets invited to travel to countries like Mauritius and Spain, and draw their local cultures.
The elder son of Mario, Rahul is a coiffeur by profession, owns his own saloon in New York, while his younger son, Rishad, also a cartoonist, lives with him in Goa, and has designed the book “Legends of Goa”.