Get Inspired by Pedro Matos’ Efforts to Damage and Deconstruct

ArtVerge: Can you tell us about the process of making your work?
Pedro Matos: It changes from series to series, but all start in the idea, reference or concept, then go through some sort of simulation (photoshop, scaled model, etc) and then to the final materialisation of it.
Do you have a favourite book, film or painting, which inspires you?
I couldn’t choose just one, there are many that inspire me and they change overtime.
At Once Familiar and completely alien, Eduardo Secci Contemporary, 2017, courtesy of the artist
When was the latest video you watched on social media and had an impact on your mood? Which one?
Probably Beagle Freedom Project, a facebook page of the organisation that rescues beagles from lab testing and helps to find them homes.
Creating a new painting is a solitary process. If this applies to you, when you concentrate on a new artwork does it affect your social life at all?
One single painting doesn’t affect my social life, but if a big project is reaching near the deadline, let’s say a solo exhibition for example, then my social life becomes inexistent for some days or weeks. I try to make it up once everything is finished though.
Deeply Ordered Chaos, 2016, oil, spary, ink on canvas, wooden stretches, Courtesy of the artist
How do you know when a painting is finished?
When it doesn’t bother me anymore.
What about the place where you work? What’s your studio space like, and how does it affect your process?
It is a two-floor unit in the east side of Lisbon, which is the most industrial part of the city and where a lot of galleries and studios are. I am not sure how it affects my process, but it does have some size limitations, there is a scale cap I can not go over otherwise I wouldn’t be able to move them to the floor I am located at, that’s the only downside for now.

Which exhibition did you visit last?
I think it was either Galeria Madragoa or Hawaii-Lisbon, both had openings in Lisbon recently.
What is your favorite time of the day?

What does your mum think about your art?

She like it better when I was doing figurative work.

Are you a morning person or a night owl?
I think my natural tendency is to be a night owl, so I try to counter it and wake up relatively early.
Is the glass half empty or half full ?
Half water half air, always full.
Which are your plans for the near future?
I am opening a solo presentation project at Eduardo Secci Contemporary in Florence in a few days, and working on a couple commissioned works.

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