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Roberto Matta Echaurren (1911-2002)


This painter, whose work is related to Surrealism, taught himself painting. He studied Architecture at the Universidad Católica. In 1931 he went to Paris, a highly-rewarding trip: besides working in the workshop of Le Corbusier, he met Salvador Dalí, André Bretón, Max Ernst, among others. He inspired the Northamerican abstract expresionist movement and travelled to South America on many ocassions to recover the iconography and the colours of the indigenous people. Renowned as one of the most important artists of the 20th Century. In 1990, he was awarded the Premio Nacional de Arte (National Award for Arts).

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