Roberto Sebastian Antonio Matta Echaurren “Matta,” was born in Santiago, Chile in 1911.
Matta earned a degree in architecture from the Universidad Católica of Santiago in 1932. He apprenticed under Le Corbusier, working on projects such as the iconic proposal for Ville Radieuse. André Breton invited Matta to join the Surrealist circle in 1937 and Matta would participate in the Paris Exposicion International du Surrealism the following year. In 1939 Matta left Paris for New York, where his increasingly biomorphic paintings quickly attracted the attention of the New York School. Following a break with the Surrealists, Matta moved to Rome (1948), where he resided until 1955.
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 presented.
In 1994, Gary Nader gallery honored Matta with a retrospective Matta –
One Man Show at Gary Nader fine art, Coral Gables, FL. In 2002, Gary Nader presented Matta-Important Paintings at Gary Nader fine art, Coral Gables, FL.
The latest retrospective of the artist Matta- A retrospective 1938-1990 was held at Gary Nader Art Centre, Wynwood Arts District, Miami, December 2009 – January, 2010
Matta’s work is held in more than sixty public collections worldwide, including The Art Institute of Chicago; The Cleveland Art Museum; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; Iwaki City Art Museum, Japan; The Menil Collection, Houston; Miami Art Museum; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre National d’Art et de Culture Georges Pompidou, Paris; Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires; Museo de Artes Visuales, Santiago; Museo Tamayo, Mexico City; Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona; Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo; Museu Nacional de Bellas Artes, Santiago; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; The Seattle Art Museum, Washington; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Tate Collections, London; Tel Aviv Museum of Art; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, Massachusetts.
Matta died in Civitavecchia, Italy on 23 November 2002.