Carlos Mata b. 1949 – 2008 Spain
Carlos Mata was born in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. Carlos Mata received classical training in Barcelona and Paris at The Academy of Fine Arts (École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts). As an islander born on the Mediterranean coast, Mata’s sculptures are built on the memories of his childhood landscape and crafted to recreate the original image he could see as a child: dark profiles, reduced to their essential outlines. The shapes represent ancient cultures with depictions of horses and bulls resembling cave paintings to capture the mystery of prehistoric art. With stylized lines, he carefully sculpts the idea and essence of the animal, rather than the animal itself. A unique patina in genuine earth tones adorn each cast bronze piece.
Carlos Mata was an internationally renowned artist who exhibited at art fairs as well as at public collections in Europe, South America, Asia, and the United States. Mata’s work can also be found in private collections spanning the globe. He is famed for his exhibition at the Monchental Museum in Germany and the Le Pin-au-Haras in Normandy, France.