Untitled

Archer M. Huntington Museum Fund, 1980

About Roberto Matta

Like Salvador Dalí’s The Persistence of Memory (1931), Crucifiction (1938) by Chilean painter Roberto Matta is considered a Surrealist masterpiece. Indeed, Matta was heavily influenced by Dalí and Yves Tanguy, and became an important figure in the evolution of Surrealism, painting dreamlike, internal "inscapes" early on and, later, intense compositions reflecting the psychic damage caused by Europe’s ongoing wars. Shifting biomorphic shapes painted or drawn in vivid colors populated Matta’s often-apocalyptic scenes, conveying confusion and angst. Additionally, Matta's style and willing exploration of the Surrealist philosophy of "automatic composition" heavily influenced the development of the Abstract Expressionist school’s exploration of Action painting.

Chilean, 1911-2002, Santiago, Chile, based in New York, Rome and Chile

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

2016
2016
MOLAA At Twenty: 1996–2016, Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, Long Beach
2015
Surrealism: The Conjured Life, MCA Chicago, Chicago
2015
Roberto Sebastian Matta. Sculture, Fondazione Echaurren Salaris, Venice
2015
New realities in the 20th and 21st Century, Opera Gallery, Central Hong Kong

Solo Shows on Artsy

2015
Roberto Sebastian Matta. Sculture, Fondazione Echaurren Salaris, Venice

Group Shows on Artsy

2016
New Acquisitions, Nicholas Gallery, Belfast
2016
2016
MOLAA At Twenty: 1996–2016, Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, Long Beach
2015
Surrealism: The Conjured Life, MCA Chicago, Chicago
2015
Objects of Beauty, Pan American Art Projects, Miami
2015
Summer Show 2015, Zane Bennett Contemporary Art, Santa Fe
2015
New realities in the 20th and 21st Century, Opera Gallery, Central Hong Kong
2015
Surrealism and Magic, Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton
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