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Mark Sanislo Portrait Painter
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About Artist Mark Sanislo
Mark Sanislo Portrait PainterNationally known artist, Mark Sanislo, began his distinguished art career as an accomplished commercial artist and photographer. A work history that would latter enhance his portrait career. After several years, Mr. Sanislo decided to go into business for himself, building a business that included two art galleries with several artists working in a busy Mackinac Island resort in northern Michigan. For ten years Mark's talents received wide acclaim of his quick renderings by capturing the realism  of  the vacationing families.

While operating his Mackinac Island business, he added a third gallery closer to home in Gaviidae Common downtown Minneapolis, MN. Mr. Sanislo steadily attracted new portrait clients in Michigan and Minnesota interested in highly realistic oil painting and pastel drawing. Mark’s portraits commissions are found in executive, family and individual private collections nationally. Commission for Irwin Jacobs and has had the honor of painting notable portraits of Mr. Gerald Rauenhorst, founder and CEO of Opus Corporation, Glen Taylor, owner of the Minnesota Timberwolves, Sue Zelikson of WCCO radio, Children of Mr. and Mrs. Jake Reed former Minnesota Viking, and Sue Holden, President of the Hennepin County Bar Association, to name just a few.

His art education includes training in graphic design at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, St. Cloud State University and specific training in portrait painting at the Atelier Lack School of Fine Art. Additionally, Mark routinely focuses and refines his skills via his attendance at workshops conducted by contemporary masters in portraiture.

In addition, Mark Sanislo's talents were graciously employed to help raise money for organizations such as Allina’s Saint Francis Hospital in Shakopee MN., Hennepin County Crisis Nursery, The 2001 "Dayton’s Challenge" for Children’s Cancer research, and the Total Life Care Center of Minneapolis and Saint Paul., and Cedarcrest Academy.

Mark Sanislo is also recognized nationally for employing his portraiture to religious art. Leaders in the church that Mark painted include Mother Anglica, Founder of The Eternal Word Television Network, Reverend Fr. Robert J Fox, founder of The Fatima Family Apostolate, Reverend Fr. Bernard Reiser, Archbishop Harry Flynn and former Archbishop John Roach of the Minneapolis and Saint Paul Diocese. Mr. Sanislo currently is co-owner of Fiat Studios which publishes and distributes his art through out the country in churches and religious gift stores. Works commissioned by The World Apostolate of Fatima, and the Fatima Family Apostolate have been published as art prints and featured on the covers of quarterly  magazine "The Immaculate Heart Messenger".

See a recent article in the  Downtown Journal   Minneapolis Newspaper -  "Skyway Portrait Painter Mark Sanislo" 


Mark Sanislo can be reached at

Minneapolis, Minnesota


Welcome to the official website of professional portrait painter Mark Sanislo.

Mark enjoys painting in traditional classic portraits in oil and pastel. Portrait painting is one of the most rewarding art forms, for it captures the physical likeness as well as the personality and soul of the person, while still creating a wonderful piece of art.

From live sittings, photographs and charcoal sketches, Mark is able to portray a realism in the portraiture.  Paintings can be produced by the artist from a photographic likeness or from a live sitting in your own surroundings.

Beautiful Pastels portraits and hand painted Oil portraits of babies, children, toddlers, families, and weddings, anniversaries and more.

The portraits are beautifully crafted museum quality oil portraiture that captures the character of his people in a classical realist style. Commission an Oil Portrait Painting for Individuals, Group Portraitures and Official business portraits.


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