Roberto Matta, The Freedom of Gesture

May 20 – Oct 26, 2014
Boca Raton Museum of Art

Matta’s style danced between the lines of Abstract Expressionism and Surrealism, while also synthesizing European, American, and Latin American cultures. He sought to give visual form to the human psyche, representing it as a mysterious, ethereal realm. Through the automatist technique – akin to a visual stream of consciousness where the arm is almost moving faster than the mind can think – Matta achieved his signature biomorphic style that was the depiction of his exploring the unconscious mind through a symbolic language of abstract forms. He also studied magic, astrology, the tarot and the occult writings, which informed his creation of cataclysmic environments in a perpetual state of flux.

This important group of paintings by Matta is on loan to the Boca Museum from the three distinguished private collections: Mr. Louis Toninelli, Mr. Matthew Carone and Ms. Myra Friedman. Roberto Matta, The Freedom of Gesture is generously underwritten by Dr. Nicole Edeiken.


Roberto Matta's "Untitled" at the Boca raton Museum of Art

Roberto Matta (Chilean, 1911-2002), Untitled, 1945-1955, oil on canvas. Courtesy of Mr. Louis Toninelli