Matteo Mauro, born in Sicily and currently based in the UK. He graduates at the University College of London and collaborates with influential designers such as Ron Arad. His instrument of artistic expression are contemporary techniques of representation which reinvents the traditional engraving methods.
Matteo Mauro Inscription Paintings have won many awards around the world for their unpreceded technology, including Master of Art 2018 and International Van Gogh Prize. He is well-known for his series of Micromegalic Inscriptions.
His research has been published in a worldwide distributed book, Micromegalic Inscriptions.
His works have been exhibited at Royal Academy of Arts, MACS, Marte Museum, MEAM, Museo della Frabbrica, Dubai Design District, Qianjiang International Art Museum, Le Salon des Indépendants…
How long have you been an artist and how did you get started?
Matteo: I guess it is hard to determine when someone becomes an artist. I believe an artist is born as such. Perhaps it can manifest later in life. I can say that during the past decade is when I realised I could only dedicate my life to art. Everything else wasn’t making me sleep sweet dreams.
Do you see your art as serving a purpose beyond art?
Matteo: To answer to this question I cannot find better words than Kandisky’s, from his book ‘Concerning the Spiritual in Art’.
A work of art is born of the artist in a mysterious and secret way. Detached from him it acquires autonomous life, becomes an entity. Nor is its existence casual and inconsequent; it has a definite and purposeful strength, alike in its material and spiritual life. It exists and has power to create spiritual atmosphere; and from this internal standpoint alone can one judge whether it is a good work of art or bad. […]
Every artist, as a creator, has something in him which demands expression (element of personality). Every artist, as the child of his time, is impelled to express the spirit of his age (element of style). Every artist, as a servant of art, has to help the cause of art (quintessence of art).
What is the message you are trying to give with your art?
Matteo: I like to think it is a message of care for history and aesthetics. To respect space and people who dwells in it.
What are your plans for the future?
Matteo: My function is to continue this journey. Exploration, experimentation, creation.
What is a little known fact you would like to share?
Matteo: I once dreamed I was dead. It was a very realistic dream, one of those you don’t think you are going to wake up from. The day after I went to my studio and one painting had disappeared. It was a self-portrait. I never investigated on this fact, I’d rather left the mystery alive.
How does creating art make you feel?
Matteo: Creative process goes through different stages. It can be mentally very intense, but also very releasing. The only sure thing about it is I cannot stop creating art, neither with my hands, nor with my mind.
What does your art aim to say to your audience?
Matteo: It aim to say not to look for an answer, but to let yourself abandon to the artwork.
How do you get ideas for each piece of art?
Matteo: Ideas can come from anything. From studying the masters, to exploring new cultures. But also from being capable of waiting until the light touches you.
How has your art evolved over the years?
Matteo: I’ve recently went through a big change in my creation tools. In the first few years my art tended to by very based on geometry, with time it loosed form more and more till becoming liquid or gaseous.
Any upcoming shows or workshops we should know about?
Matteo: I just ended a beautiful exhibition at Les Salon des Indépendants at the Grand Palais in Paris. I’m currently organizing two solo shows, one in New York and one in Amsterdam. But I cannot release any info yet.