Galerie Arista - Roberto Matta

"We need walls like wet sheets to change shape and espouse our psychological fears."

Roberto Matta, was born in Chile (Chiloe) in 1911. He obtained his degree in architecture in 1931. He came to Europe and settled down one time in Paris where he worked in Le Corbusier’s atelier. He left Paris for London and practiced with Walter Gropius and with Moholy-Nagy; he met Henry Moore and Magritte.

Discovered in the "Cahiers d’Art", Matta liked the work of Duchamp and the esotericism. The surrealism called him! Matta drew more and more. He met Dali, who introduced him to André Breton. He was a provocative, a captivating young man always dressed in white, the surrealist group « enlisted him » immediately.

Matta began painting in 1938 and, the same year, participated in the International Exhibition of the Surrealism. He emigrated to New York in 1940; he met a lot of surrealists there, got acquainted with Marcel Duchamp, contributed to several reviews. Matta went back to Paris; he painted, did decorations of theater, and was …"excluded" from the surrealist group in 1948 (this same group "reinstated" him in 1959!).

Pioneer above all, painter of the dreams and the feelings, Roberto Matta's work is present in the biggest museums of the world and the list of the exhibitions organized on his name is not ready to be closed.

He passed away on November 23rd, 2002 in Civitavecchia, near Rome.