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Roberto Matta

Chilean Painter

Movement: Surrealism

Born: November 11, 1911 - Santiago, Chile

Died: November 23, 2002 - Civitavecchia, Italy

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Quotes

"I am interested only in the unknown and I work for my own astonishment."
Roberto Matta
"I was interested in other spaces to do with forms drawn from non-Euclidean geometry and the idea of entering these spaces. These structures do not rely on the sense of space, as we know it. It is a space without limits and which transforms itself in time - a mutant space."
Roberto Matta
"Resistance is in each of us. We resist by exercising our creativity. That is true poetry - when we seek new comparisons, other ways of looking and conceiving of things."
Roberto Matta
"I am very interested in chance. For me it is best of things .. Chance rolls on and never stops. It is like the random button on a CD player. The numbers continually roll over and do not stop, as if they are caught in a sphere. They turn and turn and then stop by chance on a track. We are like these numbers. We are rocked and bombarded from above and below, from right and left. We are a target and bombarded on all sides "
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"Everything in this painting is psychological .. How to picture the battlefield, not the physical one, but the one inside of us: fear against courage, criticism, and hate, suspicion and trust? An internal bombardment."

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Synopsis

Chilean-born artist Roberto Matta was an international figure whose worldview represented a synthesis of European, American, and Latin American cultures. As a member of the Surrealist movement and an early mentor to several Abstract Expressionists, Matta broke with both groups to pursue a highly personal artistic vision. His mature work blended abstraction, figuration, and multi-dimensional spaces into complex, cosmic landscapes. Matta's long and prolific career was defined by a strong social conscience and an intense exploration of his internal and external worlds.

Key Ideas

Matta broke with the conventions of the Surrealist movement by adding a dimension of social and political awareness to his work.
Matta often supplemented an aesthetic of pure abstraction with elements of figuration and precisely rendered, though fantastically conceived, three-dimensional space.
Matta's exploration of the unconscious mind through a symbolic language of abstract forms greatly influenced the early development Abstract Expressionism.

Biography

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Childhood

Known primarily as 'Matta,' Roberto Antonio Sebastian Matta Echaurren was born in Santiago, Chile on November 11th, 1912. The son of a Chilean father and a Spanish mother, Matta grew up in a strictly Catholic, upper middle-class home. His mother was well read and highly cultured, fostering Matta's interest in art, literature, and languages. He received a classical, Jesuit education, and enjoyed a comfortable childhood during a period of widespread economic hardship in Chile.

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Artists

Salvador DalíSalvador Dalí
Marcel DuchampMarcel Duchamp
Pablo PicassoPablo Picasso
Yves TanguyYves Tanguy

Personal Contacts

André BretonAndré Breton
Frederico Garcia LorcaFrederico Garcia Lorca
Gabriela MistralGabriela Mistral
Jules Henri PoincareJules Henri Poincare
P.D. OuspenskyP.D. Ouspensky

Movements

The International StyleThe International Style
Mexican MuralismMexican Muralism
SurrealismSurrealism

Influences on Artist
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Roberto Matta
Years Worked: 1936 - 2002
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Artists

Robert MotherwellRobert Motherwell
Jackson PollockJackson Pollock
Adolph GottliebAdolph Gottlieb
William BaziotesWilliam Baziotes
Peter BusaPeter Busa

Personal Contacts

Arshile GorkyArshile Gorky
Gordon Onslow FordGordon Onslow Ford

Movements

Abstract ExpressionismAbstract Expressionism
SurrealismSurrealism

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