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Matthias Friedrich Bork, Count of Abenhym is MABO, an artist working in the Niagara Region of Southern Ontario or in Punta de Mita, Nayarit, Mexico.
Descended from an old German noble family, he comes from a long line of talented artists. Since childhood, he has been surrounded by color and design.
Matthias was educated in Germany and after his professional education as a pastry chef, pâtissier, chocolatier and food artist, he worked in first-class hotels in Germany, Sweden, Thailand and Canada.
In 1986, he emigrated to Canada, first living in Kitchener, and, eventually, moving to Niagara.
He owned and operated Spicy Thai restaurant in St. Catharines from 1898 to 2004. After an allergy forced him to retire from the restaurant business , Matthias changed from food art to visual art, merging his passion and avocation into his profession.
In 1995 MABO met famous Canadian Artist Paul Gosen and friendship grew into a work partnership, now for over a decade. Over the past 25 years, MABO has lived in Europe, Asia and North America and worked in art with a variety of subjects, from chocolate, sugar works and ice sculpture to martial arts and everything in between. He loves to work with either oil or acrylic on canvas, as welll as doing furniture, mixed media installations , sculptures or large-scale murals.
His work has been sold to private homes or offices in Germany, Canada,United States, Brazil, Peru and Mexico, and his paintings have been on display in many galleries in the Niagara peninsula or in Puerto Vallarta and Bucerias, Mexico.
His subjects include mostly abstract in a variety of styles ("non-objective" painting) and his distinctive use of color and form is derived partly from Expressionism, Surrealism, Pointillism, Futurism, Bauhaus, Color Fields or Hard Edge. MABO’S work is also influenced by great rtists such as Hagem of Vietnam, Picasso, Kandinsky, Hoffmann, Rothko, Klee, Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, Romina Power and Paul Gosen.
MABO is also a writer and publisher. He has written and published a family biography, has published a children’s book titled “Becoming a Hero”, and Volume I of “Poemas y Reflexiones de la vida”, and is currently working on a book about the “Natives of Niagara" . He was the 2012 first-prize winner ("Best short story") for I.D.A. in Germany.