Mario Cooper's painting style was based in playful design with a modern southwestern twist.
Born in Mexico City, he was raised in Los Angeles and ultimately studied at Columbia University and the Grand Central School of Art in New York.
A highly regarded illustrator and fine artist, Mr. Cooper's illustrations appeared over the years in magazines like Collier's, Esquire, and Cosmopolitan.
Although his sculpture and illustration skills were in high demand, he excelled in watercolor painting, composition and design. He was president of the American Watercolor Society (AWS) from 1959 to 1986.
Mario Ruben Cooper was a member of the Society of Illustrators, the Allied Artists of America, the National Academy of Design, the American Watercolor Society, and the Audubon Society.
Mr. Cooper's watercolor painting books, Flower Painting in Water Color (1962) and Watercolor by Design (1980) can still be found in online bookstores and some libraries.
Watercolor Masters: Mario Cooper © 2010 Greg Conley