Matute is an artist of his time who portrays his most immediate surroundings in an honest and unpretentious way. His studio in Sotogrande is where he greets his customers, seeking commissions of different kinds – or directly buying his works. This is also where, in addition to teaching art classes, he makes his famous woodcut engravings.
Matute’s graphic work, using the woodcut as a way of expression, offers us an insight into his own world of discovery. The creative process of his work is in a constant relationship with the final result. Technically, his work deals with the development of a pictorial image on a wooden board from a photographic image.
His woodcuts are four-colour prints of pure colours, formed by yellow, magenta, cyan and black, which involves carving four wooden plates. This explains the laborious work involved with his xylographs, an ancestral language that requires patience and that is counteracted by current thematic images.
Matute uses photography, typical of our time, because it allows him to freeze that moment. He then transfers it to an engraving, which entails freezing, defrosting and freezing again, eventually transforming the work into “putrefied” moments. This explains, and accentuates, how fast the current images expire – born to die immediately.
His work is a tribute to the photographic image of those moments, paralysed on paper. Matute enhances and fossilises them with a great freshness, thanks to the use of wood grain as a living element of nature.
Images have a unique life, which is art, and Matute – through these images – gives them that life.
C.C. Sotomarket, Sotogrande
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