Mario's film Patroon has caught the attention of various news outlets. As reported by AT5 and FunX radio Patroon is a film in which a lot of migrant Dutch Caribbean boys will be able to relate and identify with. Often times portrayed in a negative stereotypical context in Dutch media, Mario decided to change the narrative on young men from the Antillen. The film explores the journey of self discovery and fatherhood of a young migrant man growing up in the south-east project of Amsterdam.
Mario Gonsalves

Mario Gonsalves

11 april 1992
  1. Artist statement; wat is je specialisme, wat maakt jouw werk uniek?

    I am a Dutch Caribbean student from Aruba that wants to tell stories that need to be heard. My work consists of a strong influence of my background as a migrant here in The Netherlands.

  2. Wat zijn je ambities? Wat wil je over vijf jaar bereikt hebben?

    I want to help people become more aware of their potential in life. I was raised in a tough enviroment and used the best of my senses to be where I'm at today. I want other young boys and girls who grow up in broken households to see the same potential in themselves.

  3. Wat is het belangrijkste dat je hebt geleerd tijdens je studie?

    I learned to know myself. Before I came to the HKU I studied cinematography in the US for quite a while so visually I knew my way but there was always a bigger purpose to all of this. At the HKU I was deconstructed as soon as I walked through those doors and I had to re-build myself from the groud up. It was hard at first but it made me reflect on myself as a person and now that I know myself better I also know what and how I want to create as an artist.

  4. Overzicht van publicaties / exposities / prijzen / concerten / voorstellingen etc.

    I was mentioned various times on the local news regarding my projects, I have worked with various international artists all across the globe and have directed music videos with tens of millions of views. I've worked on expositions and various other visual disciplines next to film. I organize and host my own workshops back in Aruba for kids and young professionals that want to expand their knowledge on filmmaking since there are very little resources there.