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Featured Artist – Vincent Mattina
Born in St. Louis, Vincent Mattina began his love affair with art at an early age. When he was first able to hold a pencil he knew he loved to create imagery. Throughout his adolescent years and onto high school his love of art captured his soul. The interest was cultivated during his teenage years and further developed with his Bachelors of Arts degree in Fine Art and Illustration at college. After graduation he moved out of the Midwest and into the Los Angeles area where he gained recognition as an Art Director and Designer while working in the marketing, advertising and garment industries.
He became fluent in software programs such as Photoshop and Illustrator in the corporate environment where he found it could be a tool to create his own art. Since then he also became interested in repurposed art and assemblage which went well with his love of early Surrealism. He is currently integrating the two mediums of digital and found-objects into mixed media assemblages. His go to tool is still the pencil, but he now uses a computer and found objects to realize his vision.
Vincent is influenced by the dilemma of technology, environmentalism, our loss of privacy, and the spirituality of dreams. His love for the environment inspired him to bring discarded objects into his work. He feels the need to recycle, reuse and repurpose as much as possible to reduce his ecological footprint. He is also inspired by technologies and how each advancement affects our consciousness, penetrates our communities and redefines social concerns.
In 2016 he decided to pursue a better quality of life and moved to the Salt Lake City area. There he is inspired by the natural beauty, open spaces and the majestic local mountains. Vincent richly detailed work transports you to an alternate reality where science, nature and spirituality evolve. He has shown in museums and galleries throughout the country as well as being published internationally.
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