Who was the painter Roberto Matta?

Roberto Sebastian Matta was a Chilean surrealist painter. A tireless traveller who spoke several languages, Matta had a profound influence on his contemporaries, including American Abstract Expressionist artists. He was also close to members of the CoBrA movement.

Roberto Matta (Roberto Sebastián Antonio Matta Echaurren) was born on 11 November 1911 in Santiago, the Chilean capital. The Chilean painter’s family had European origins, notably from the Basque country. He was sent to French schools as a child. Between 1929 and 1931, Matta started his studies at the Catholic University of Santiago, studying architecture. After receiving his degree in architecture in 1935, Matta went to France. Settling in Paris, the surrealist painter worked in Le Corbusier’s studio and soon began to paint.

If you would like to find out more about the painter Roberto Matta and his works, please visit the Chilean artist’s dedicated page.

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