1911 – 2002
Roberto Matta was born in Santiago, Chile, and spent his early years attending school for architecture and design in his native country. In 1933, he traveled to France as a merchant marine. He remained in Paris for two years, studying under the tutelage of famed architect, Le Corbusier The monumental impact of Matta’s landscape of the psyche has given rise to retrospectives at many prestigious institutions including, New York’s Museum of Modern Art, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Gallery in Washington DC, and the Museo de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid. The art market has responded to the increased academic interest in this artist, and 2005 was a record-breaking year for Matta’s oil paintings where estimates were surpassed at major auction houses in the United States and Europe. Today, recognition of and demand for Matta’s original paintings continues to grow.