Figueira da Foz, Portugal, 1975
Fabrizio Matos lives and works in Porto. He studied at FBAUP where he obtained his degree in painting and Master’s degree in sculpture. His current Doctoral research revolves around the concept of “Velatura” or glaze, its processes and practices, at the College of the Arts, Coimbra University. Fabrizio Matos’ work is surrounded by a mysterious fiction, that unveils nostalgia, ruin and degradation. The artist subverts classical imagery into degraded landscapes and enigmatic figures that emerge from saturated charcoal, layered thoroughly. The blurred composition proposes a displacement of the gaze: one has to get used to the darkness of the drawings to finally recognize its traces and forms. He has exhibited at the Museum of Natural History and Science in Lisbon in 2012, at the Gongju International Festival at the Limlip Museum in South Korea in 2010 and 2011 and at the Mostra Internazionale de Milan in 2014 as well as many other solo exhibitions in Portugal. His works are part of collections in Spain, Portugal and Italy.