Matias Duarte was born in 1972 in Mesa, Arizona., “. . . a place that gives me a sense of limbo, being stuck somewhere between the Superstition Mountains and the vast city of Phoenix.” The son of Mexican immigrants, he was raised as one of seven children in the Phoenix area, where his earliest art influences began in his own front yard, and the desert that stretched out beyond it; and where he fashioned his own toys out of wood and scrap metal. After graduating from high school, Matias worked at odd jobs until the age of 21, when he began “…taking chances on art” and became the first known member of generations of his family to pursue a creative career.
Matias’ father was an eclectic builder and “fixer” who was born and raised in Mexico. Says Matias, “His ignorance of art, completely pure, lets him make things that are curious and unbeknownst to him. One day he’ll build a shower out of found scrap metal; the next, he’ll paint the refrigerator a light blue.” Matias admires the works of artists Robert Rauschenberg, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Gustav Klimt, but it was his apprenticeship with a mask maker that supplied Matias’s most meaningful art education.
Abstract color studies and points in time hold profound interest for Matias Duarte. His orchestration of brilliant colors and geometric shapes lead the viewer through time and space—a perceived “sequence of events” within the painting; resulting in a feeling of structure and physical movement. His preferred medium is acrylic on canvas and wood which, because of its quick-drying quality, infuses spontaneity and immediacy into the painting process. He works in layers, with an eclectic and diverse spin—sometimes fluid, and sometimes bold. He says that at some point in time he would like to work in oils, stating that, “I haven’t given oils the chance they deserve yet.”
Matias finds inspiration from music, and from seeing “strangeness” in everyday, ordinary living. He usually explores a visual theme to its fullest, adding or subtracting with each piece. Working in this manner he finds that, over time, the look of his paintings change with the experimentation and evolution of his ideas.
Matias finds that he occasionally experiences artist’s block due to lack of sleep or insomnia, and has discovered that if he just takes the time to rest and relax, his creativity is rejuvenated. When he isn’t relaxing or in his studio painting, he likes to “…pretend I’m just a little bit younger and more active by mountain biking and snowboarding.”
Using form, color and dimension in his art, Matias Duarte brings his own brand of order to chaos. He strives to bring viewers to a better understanding of the elements in which they live. “I’m eager for the next moment of passage into time,” the artist explains excitedly. “That instant that no one has yet to realize.”
“Duarte’s orchestration of brilliant colors and geometric shapes lead the viewer through time and space.”
Abstract color studies and points in time hold profound interest for Matias. His orchestration of brilliant colors and geometric shapes lead the viewer through time and space—a perceived “sequence of events” within the painting; resulting in a feeling of structure and physical movement.
He has a hard time defining the term “art”.