Roberto Matta, Comment une conscience se fait univers (peut être), 1992, oil on canvas, 10' 1/8" x 15' 4-1/4" (305.1 cm x 468 cm) © 2019 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Roberto Matta



b. 1911, Santiago, Chile
d. 2002, Civitavecchia, Italy

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Roberto Sebastián Antonio Matta Echaurren, “Matta,” is considered one of the great Surrealists and is widely acclaimed for his critical—and catalytic—influence on the development of Abstract Expressionism and on his contemporaries, including Jackson Pollock, Arshile Gorky, Mark Rothko and Robert Motherwell.

Fascinated by the fluctuating energy of the universe and rejecting the notion of a single vantage point, he created paintings and drawings with complex, dynamic space eventually incorporating social commentary into his work through figurative imagery.

Matta’s first one-artist exhibition was held at the Julian Levy Gallery, New York in 1940, and since that time, nearly 400 solo exhibitions of his work have been mounted, including a retrospective at The Museum of Modern Art, New York (1957), which traveled to the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (1957) and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (1958).


Roberto Matta, Trois Invisibles, 1987, oil on canvas, 49-1/4" × 63-1/8" (125.1 cm × 160.3 cm) © 2019 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York


Roberto Matta, Untitled, 1988, oil on canvas, 55-1/8" × 53-1/8" (140 cm × 134.9 cm) © 2019 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York