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Meet Mattea Perrotta

Today we’d like to introduce you to Mattea Perrotta.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I was born in Venice Beach, California. My father was a bodybuilder at Muscle Beach, therefore I very much had that stereotypical Venice upbringing as a child. Being from Venice your exposed to so much at an early age, there was zero censorship on the streets. Being from that city really shaped who I am today, it gave me a very open-minded and curious outlook on the world. It also made me crave to seek out the bizarre idiosyncrasies of places and people. I find it beautiful.

Please tell us about your art.
I once called my style figurative abstraction, but it’s really just abstract. I use form and shape as skeletons in all of my paintings, but I wasn’t always making abstract works. I was trained in portraiture and realism. I went to an art school in Florence and was taught classical painting techniques. I found it so boring. I was always inspired by female painters of the 60s/70s. The abstract expressionist of 9th St. in New York, Joan Mitchell, Lee Krasner, Grace Hartigan… they had a voice to be heard in a very masculine dominated era of abstract expressionism.

It took me fours years after undergrad to learn how to abstract the figure. Abstraction for me was a right of passage. I had a lot of emotional baggage with my earlier works, abstraction was like a light at the end of a very dark tunnel. It allowed me to be loose and playful, which was something I never really had when I was making work as a teenager or in my early 20s. Abstraction, it’s an enigma and I find so much beauty in that. I hope that for the viewer they feel a sense of relief within the work.

Do you have any advice for other artists? Any lessons you wished you learned earlier?
Read more, be open to changes happening within your practice, but don’t force anything. Be easy on yourself, everyone works at their own pace.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
I’ll be showing at ARTbo in Bogota end of this month with Lamb Arts.

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Image Credit:
Lamb Arts

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