Don Matéo - « Far Away »
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dimanche 15 novembre 2015
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Enfant des années 80 et baigné de culture hip-hop et rap, Don Matéo arrive dans notre capitale des Gaules en 2010. Un nouveau terrain de jeux qu'il revêt de ses fameux portraits. Qu'il s'agisse d'anonymes ou d'hommages à ceux qu'il admire, ses collages sont toujours remplis d'humour ou d'émotion et laissent rarement indifférent. Son style parfaitement reconnaissable a pour but « d'agir comme antidépresseur urbain » ou encore de questionner.
Ses supports sont divers, principalement le papier, mais également la toile, le bois, les objets de récupération… Il aime et s’adapte à tous les supports, puisque chacun répond différemment. Les variations permettent d’éviter la routine. Il aime l’accident dans la peinture, la trace : « Je mélange les techniques pour donner du mouvement, de la vie, de la vibration à mes peintures ».
Don Mateo urban antidepressant
2011, arrival in Lyon - After a few travelling, wearing down his shoes wherever they took him and exploring further afield, he left Copenhagen and settled in Lyon. As an artist affected by the world of childhood, the Cité des Gones ("children's city" in Lyon dialect) became his playground. Don Mateo covered the roofs of buildings with his little collages. It gave a sense of freedom in its purest state, guaranteed adrenalin rush and maximum visibility. But the awareness of danger seized him: playing at being a gentleman criminal is fun, falling off a roof is far less so. He chose to express his creativity elsewhere. His local area became his open-air art gallery. Attached to the notion of territory and belonging, his covered the street walls just like you decorate your room with images and posters dear to your teenage life. Childhood again! This is a theme that will always be with him in his professional life, specialist, popular and national education. Community and art are two loyal companions to ths citizen artist.
Free, enthusiast, committed, the artist made a motto of something one of his art teachers once said: "You have to be aware of what there is in art, in the world we live in and see what's missing." In reaction to often dark news, his art gives out good vibes, triggers happy emotions and creates a bond with the community.
Now Don Mateo, who always loves surprising himself, is continuing to explore portraits and on his quest to improve and create new ideas. In answer to the question: "What about the future?" the artist naturally quotes the lyrics from a song by La Rue Kétanou: "I don't know where I'm going, oh that, I've never really known, but if ever I knew, I think I'd stop going."
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