"Chilean architect, humanist, painter and poet. Considered the last representative of surrealism. Master of abstract expressionism, protagonist of the surrealist movement, friend and companion of Breton, Ernst, Duchamp and many more. He creates new perspectives for art, opening the floodgates of the unconscious and the metaphysics of being. More than a painter, Matta is one of the great Chilean artists of all time. "
Roberto Sebastián Antonio Matta Echaurren, better known as Matta, was born on November 11, 1911 in Santiago, Chile. He studied architecture at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile and was a student at the School of Fine Arts at the University of Chile. He settled in Europe, he met Salvador Dalí, who in turn introduced him to other members of the surrealist movement. Matta joined the group collaborating on some publications and participating in several exhibitions, including the 1938 international exhibitions in Paris and 1940 in Mexico D.F.
In 1957 he established his home in Tarquinia, Italy. Until his last days he alternated his residence between that city, London, Milan and Paris.
In 1990, after the return to democracy, the Chilean government awarded him the National Prize for Art, Painting. In 1997 the Gabriela Mistral Teaching and Cultural Merit Order was also awarded.
Roberto Matta died on November 23, 2002 in Civitavecchia, Italy.