Ben Mata Art Opening Radius Center May 31, 2019 7PM
May 31 @ 7:00 pm - September 28 @ 7:00 pmFree
Ben Mata (b. 1969, San Antonio) was raised on the Southside of San Antonio. He studied painting at Southwest Texas State University (1997-2000) and at Palo Alto College in San Antonio (1993-96). During his studies, he was a resident artist at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center Annex Building.
Individual projects include a forty foot mural at Kluzos Martini Bar; San Antonio (2008) and a mural for the Mary, Mother of Priest Chapel in Rome, Italy; commissioned by Rohn and Associates Design Inc. in 2010. Mata’s work is in the University of Texas at San Antonio Art Collection and many other private
Process, chance and intuition are the vehicles that guide creating my work.
The work process involves layering of spontaneous and intentional applications working against each other and implementing chance to form the composition on the flat surface. Relying on intuition, provides the freedom to consider the accidental during this process allowing the work to mature. Although materials are the same, each series of works varies in their final expression.
In the last seventeen years , the focus has been on using paint and aluminum to produce work. I am drawn to the aluminum’s illuminate qualities and the surface’s physical memory. Each material is equally important in creating a visual balance and mystery