Born 1911 – Died 2002
Matta was born in Santiago de Chile. He studied architecture, graduating in 1931. In 1936 he moved to Paris and worked in Le Corbusier’s architecture office. He met with the leading Surrealists, including André Breton and Dali, to whom he was introduced by the poet Frederico Garcia Lorca, and began painting, exhibiting at the International Surrealist Exhibition in 1938. When war began, he went to New York with Max Ernst and Peggy Guggenheim, together with André Masson and Wilfredo Lam. After the war he returned to Europe, first living in Rome then in Paris.