Concrete Hermit interview Pedro Matos as he readies for The Affordable Art Fair

Pedro Matos "#FF0000" - oil on canvas - 24x24 inches (2011)

Where does the visual inspiration come from for your shredded paste-ups and patterns that frame your characters? Do you collect scraps or does it come from your experience or memory?

They come from the streets. The patterns are from traditional Portuguese tiles that cover the facades of buildings in Lisbon. The shredded paste-ups come from the posters in the street. It’s a little different here in London, it’s a lot cleaner in that way… but in Lisbon you can find a lot of shredded pasted-up posters on top of each other, with 20 or 30 layers of posters, all ripped, tagged, aged, etc.. it’s very beautiful. I don’t collect them, but I take photographs for reference.

Check out the full interview with Pedro Matos here:

Thinkspace at the Affordable Art Fair L.A.
January 18-22, 2012
Event Deck at L.A. Live
Look for us at booth B-9

Take a ‘sneak peek’ at the new works we’ll be showcasing at our booth here:

Full details and lineup here:

Taking place at:
Event Deck at L.A. LIVE
Visitor entrance: Georgia St. between Chick Hearn Ct. and W. Olympic Blvd.
Parking Entrance: 1005 Chick Hearn Ct.

Fair Hours ($17 admission):
Wed, Jan 18, 7:30pm – 10pm (Private Preview Party)
Thu, Jan 19, 12pm – 9pm (4pm-9pm FREE ADMISSION)
Fri, Jan 20, 12pm – 8pm
Sat, Jan 21, 11am – 8pm
Sun, Jan 22, 11am – 6pm

Please stop by and see us at Booth B-9 while visiting the fair

Pedro Matos’ debut U.S. solo show coming up next month at Shooting Gallery in SF

The work of Pedro Matos

The works featured in “Ephemera” are the newest iteration of Pedro Matos’ masterful oil-on-canvas explorations, featuring a complex layering of texture, pattern and portraiture. He collects inspiration from a variety of sources, and photographs people, places, and aesthetic details to pull from for his finished works. Matos’ new canvases are a result of the piling-up of things he is drawn to, torn-up, remixed, and given the appearance of ripped paper – set to mimic the aesthetic of worn, shredded posters pasted to the side of a building. Through this visual language, Matos hopes to pull the viewer into a conversation surrounding impermanence, and the constant shifting of social, political, moral, cultural and aesthetic ideas.

His investigation of life’s ephemeral nature has led him to create a body of work that vividly juxtaposes beauty with decay, something he encounters daily in contemporary urban spaces. The patterning he utilizes in these works comes directly from traditional Portuguese designs, layered with advertisements from the street, rendered meticulously in bright oil paint.

Underneath it all, Matos works with portraiture based on subjects that lie outside of what popular culture craves: instead of models, celebrities or cultural icons, he works to represent the kind of people he regularly encounters. Family members, people that are a part of his immediate community, personalities encountered out in the streets, and other subjects that fall in this same vein. The forgotten, the overlooked, the underappreciated members of society all take precedence here, where the slick transience of advertising culture fails to do anything more than fade away with very little time.

About the artist:
Pedro Matos was born in 1989 in Santarém, Portugal and started painting at the age of 16, inspired by his immersion in graffiti, skateboarding and street culture. Pedro went on to pursue a formal education in painting and art history, which brought him to study at Central Saint Martins in London, and Ar. Co in Lisbon. Matos has exhibited works internationally, with previous shows in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Portugal, Spain and London. He currently lives and works in Lisbon, Portugal.

New Works by Pedro Matos

Opening Reception: September 3rd 7-11 pm

Shooting Gallery
839 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA

Look for Pedro Matos‘ debut Los Angeles solo show next spring with us here at Thinkspacemore details announced soon on that one!

‘Impetus’ – Thinkspace at the University of Arizona this September

Pedro Matos' new piece for 'Impetus' - this September at the University of Arizona

Thinkspace at the University of Arizona’s Joseph Gross Gallery


On view: Sept. 6th – Nov. 9th, 2011
Opening Reception: Thurs, Sept. 8th 5-6:30PM

The Joseph Gross Gallery at the University of Arizona
1031 N. Olive Road, Tucson, AZ 85721

Featuring new works from:
Kelly Allen
Brett Amory
Seth Armstrong
Ana Bagayan
David Bray
Liz Brizzi
Catherine Brooks
Adam Caldwell
David Cooley
Jacub Gagnon
Duncan Jago
Timothy Karpinski
Jen Lobo
David MacDowell
Pedro Matos
Tran Nguyen
Kevin Peterson
Jeff Ramirez
Allison Sommers
Linnea Strid
Jason Thielke
Yosuke Ueno
Kelly Vivanco

PLUS a special mural installation from DABS MYLA

Supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, Lionel Romach Endowment and University of Arizona School of Art

For directions and more information, please visit:

Information on the gallery/university:
The Joseph Gross Gallery, located on the campus of The University of Arizona across from The University of Arizona Museum of Art, was built in 1993 as part of the new Arts Complex for the College of Fine Arts. The Gallery was originally established in 1978 with a generous endowment from Joseph F. Gross, Professor of Chemical Engineering, in memory of his father, Joseph Gross, Sr. The Joseph Gross Gallery strives to include diverse audiences, diverse contexts, media, conceptual content, and an interest in new technologies and ways of seeing and art making. The 2,500 square foot gallery space provides a showplace for the work of students, faculty, and those artists whose work can both impact and interact with the University and community. The Gallery presents approximately eight exhibitions annually including solo and group exhibitions by nationally acclaimed artists, faculty and alumni shows, and MFA Thesis Exhibitions.