Pedro Matos is a Portuguese artist. The basis of his artistic practice is ongoing research into the ephemeral and decay he finds present in both the urban landscape and nature itself. His approach involves observing the involuntary marks created through human activity, as well as those produced by natural phenomena. Through his creation of meticulous pieces, the artist probes the intricate complexity of abstract textures and detailed fragments hovering on the border between abstraction and representation.
"I have been in social isolation since early March and watching the snowball effect of what COVID-19 is creating around the globe. It has been a roller coaster of emotions that go from fear to anxiety to hope to uncertainty and everything else in between. Culture and what we knew as the art world was one of the first industries to be cancelled and all that used to guide our already loose schedules and routines has been cancelled or postponed. I am still working but at a way slower pace than before. I have been using this time to do more thinking, reevaluation, trying to stay safe and healthy while we wait to weather this storm. Historically, wars and crises have brought great changes and developments in art and I am sure this will also be the case with this pandemic and economic depression, but it is still too early to tell how. Art and Culture will always be necessary and part of humanity, but in this stage of emergency health and safety is the priority. Creativity, change and better times will come later."
Pedro Matos Lisbon, Portugal. March 31, 2020