Born in 1988 in Savigliano, Matteo Cordero is a contemporary Italian artist, whose principal medium is painting. For Cordero, his rich and colorful paintings are means of evading contemporary society, which result in surrealistic, imaginative environments, often populated by autobiographical figures and details. The paintings demonstrate the emotional depth of the artist’s self-exploration, conjuring a childlike spirit that emanates from his work.
He lives and works in Turin, Italy.
Cordero completed his degree from the School of Sculpture at the Albertina Academy of Fine Arts in Turin, Italy. In 2017 he received his MFA from the Chelsea College of Arts, University of the Arts London, UK.
Color is at the basis of Cordero’s expressionist style. He paints at a rapid pace, fostering an almost automatic and unmediated approach. His brushstrokes move color fluidly across the canvas, intuitively finding the subject he seeks to represent. The exuberance of his inner world pulls the viewer in, enticing and inviting into the artist’s surreal and colorful environments.
The brightly colored figures and objects are offset by the thick black lines that define the forms. Laughing, screaming or grimacing, the cartoonish
figures transmit immediate emotion, untainted expressions associated with the candor of childhood. The chaotic backgrounds at times seem to penetrate the subject, creating a sense of instability or chaos, as if the brutality of reality can creep nto these realms of personal escapism.
The artist's style draws inspiration from Expressionist and Neo-Expressionist painters like Jean-Michel Basquiat and Francis Bacon.
His works stem from his unconscious and thus are very personal in nature, often including figures from his life or landscapes resembling the hills and farmlands of Northern Italy, where he was born. Seemingly escapist, the childish quality of Cordero’s paintings brings about feelings of nostalgia for the boundless imagination associated with infancy.
The artist made his debut when one of his large portraits was selected by Yinka Shonibare for the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition in 2017, which was curated by Eileen Cooper. In 2019, he had his first solo show at the Public Gallery, London. Since then, he has continued to exhibit in solo and group shows in Italy and Switzerland.
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