Artist Bio: Emanuel Mattini
"When I paint I am a song. I am part of a rhythmic flow
thrown into the river of time."
artistic gifts matured through extensive training
in painting and photography at the Atlanta College
of Art. The result is an imagery of many textures
and cultures, embracing past traditions and present
concerns in both the western and eastern worlds. Just
as the Polish-born author Joseph Conrad became an
eloquent and unique voice in English literature, Emanuel's
art has begun to mark the evolution of Western art.
Combining a profound knowledge of history with a sensitive
awareness of his current cultural surroundings, Emanuel's
art presents an original expression of our time.
Built primarily on the art of collage, Emanuel's art
is woven from a fabric of tradition. Much more than
a theoretical exercise or a decorative statement,
his approach to collage embodies the masters, such
as Rauschenberg, Braque and Carra, but also transcends
their modernist stance, moving toward a more sensuous
and sincere artistic space. In this, his vision encompasses
the twentieth century experience while also intuiting
the aesthetic outlook of the new millennium.
Seeking new psychological and philosophical perspectives,
Emanuel paints almost exclusively en serie - allowing
infinite variations to unfold and multiply from a
single, rational framework. This style approaches
the postmodern, de-centered attitudes of late-twentieth
century art, and this diversity mirrors our own multicultural
society. Moreover, as his work is saturated with the
theme of music, each canvas is injected with sound
and opened up to additional senses and interpretations.
sense of space and color are also unique in their
balanced disorder. Especially in the large-scale abstractions,
color strikes an immediate, emotional chord, delivering
sensations that are at once emphatic and romantic,
concrete and metaphysical, post-modern and baroque.
In these paintings, platonic ideals mingle with tangible
objects to create scenes that could be straight from
Donne's poetry-always transferring energy from the
physical world into a more spiritual realm.
Emanuel's work is avidly collected around the globe.