(1911 - 2002)
Roberto Antonio (Echaurren) Matta was active/lived in New York, Illinois / Venezuela, Chile, Italy, France. Roberto Matta is known for abstract figurative and surreal painting.
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Biography Roberto Matta
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Matta was born on November 11, 1911, and brought up in Santiago, Chile.
He was educated in his native country as an architect and interior
designer at the Sacr Coeur Jesuit College and at the Catholic
University of Santiago from 1929 to 1931. In 1933 he became a Merchant
Marine which enabled him to leave Santiago and travel to Europe. In the
1930s he went to Paris where he studied architecture under LeCorbusier.
At the end of 1934 Matta visited Spain, where he met the poet and
playwright Federico Garcia Lorca, who through a letter introduced young
Roberto to Salvador Dali. Dali in turn encouraged Matta to show some of
his drawings to Andre Breton.
Matta's acquaintance with Dali
and Breton strongly influenc
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