Tree and Lake (Self-portrait). 2020
Size: 150.0 x 200.0 cm
Through his expressive brushstrokes, Cordero creates an emotionally charged environment. He inserts himself into the turbulent landscape as a floating head, with an open mouth expressing surprise or panic.
Despite the painting’s childlike quality, a sense of menace seems to be present. While for Cordero, his paintings function as an escape from contemporary reality, the brutality of the world seems to seep into the canvas. Feelings and fears regarding today’s society appear to be expressed through the artist’s inability to impact the raging landscape he occupies. Expressive strokes, vivid colors, and simple shapes release raw and powerful emotions, and exemplify the potency of Cordero’s style.
Matteo Cordero is a contemporary Italian artist, whose principal medium is painting. His rich and colorful paintings are means of evading contemporary society, which result in surrealistic and imaginative environments.