Roberto S. Echauren Matta

Chilean , 1911 - 2002

Roberto Echaurren Matta was born in 1911 in Santiago, Chile. In 1931, he studied architecture at the Universidad Catolica in Santiago. Two years later, Matta traveled to Paris where he worked for two years as a draftsman in the Paris studio of famed architect Le Corbusier. On a visit to see his aunt in Madrid, he met Federico Garcia Lorca and Pablo Neruda.

He began to paint seriously, and gained a reputation as a member of the surrealist movement, exhibiting at the International Surrealist Exhibition in 1938. At the onset of the war, Matta went to New York with Max Ernst, Peggy Guggenheim, André Masson and Wilfredo Lam, and continued his artistic career. When the war ended, Matta returned to Europe, first living in Rome, then in Paris, where he remained.

Matta was also well recognized as a printmaker and he developed a unique style in his graphic works. The luminescence that is typical of his oil paintings also comes through in his lithographs and etchings with aquatint.

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