Born on this day in 1911, Roberto Matta was one of the last great exponents of Surrealism, remaining true to the movement’s tenets throughout a long and incredibly prolific career. With a virtuoso technique and astonishing work rate Matta realized thousands of square metres of his signature cosmic and biomorphic dreamscapes. It is impossible to do justice to his epic achievement on a computer screen, but matta-art.com has a superb virtual gallery of his work. Matta’s son Gordon Matta-Clark, who died tragically young in 1978, was also an extraordinary artist.
Roberto Sebastián Antonio Matta Echaurren
11 November 1911 – 23 November 2002