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Biography of Charles Matton
Multidisciplinary artist (painter, sculptor, designer, writer, photographer, filmmaker, screenwriter and director), Charles Matton is born in 1931 in Paris. Throughout his childhood and particularly during the war, he grows up in the uncertainty of things, the uncertainty of reality when they are not watched. This fact marks his life and artistic life. In 1960, Charles Matton exhibits for the first time (with sculptor Michael Carpenter) at the Cercle Volney in Paris, he is already a retrospective of ten years of intense production created in Auvers-sur-Oise, Paris. In this part of his work, he tries to paint his real life experience that surrounds him and which most artists are turning away. Matton paints with great precision heads, flowers, cities, nudes ... classical topics that he reinvents with a contemporary pictorial material, largely inherited from Picasso and Francis Bacon. He refuses any exoticism, concentrating instead to address the subject directly in front and to confront himself to the truth sensitive. It was during the 1980s that Charles Matton develops his technique of “boxes”, previously called “reconstructions of places”, “Reductions of places” or “miniature Spaces”. It is Robert Delpire who, in 1983, shows his first solo exhibition for over twenty years: it is the “Utopian Seductions”, exhibition that triggers a strong interest for Matton who returns to the front of the art scene. His work is shown again four years later by a major retrospective at the Tokyo Palace, which reveals the process of the aesthetic of Matton’s twenty years’ work, and win a huge success from the public but also from the critics. Philosophers see in the work of Charles Matton a return to a comprehensive historical perspective of art, but also a foreshadowing of the evolving society. The 1990s are those of a great recognition from the private market, in France, Japan and the United States, among others. Exhibitions and retrospectives succeed until the death of the artist (late 2008).