At 22, Matt boarded a ship
that got him to the English port of Liverpool.
Then he started a trip that took him first to
Madrid, then to France, where he lived for a long
time. In 1938 he participated in the mythical
Surrealism Exhibit. After the Second World War
he established in New York before going back to
France. The Italian city of Traquinia was his
definite home since the end of the 80s. There,
in his old house, he passed away on November 23rd,
at 91 years of age.
The universality of his figure and art, characterized
by a vision that seemed to have no parameters
but that were anchored in his deep search for
the roots and his beliefs about origins and identity.
About the necessary act of taking root with one's
own land he said he believed in the contact with
the Earth. "You have to invent a suitcase
to carry your roots. One has been so many things
in life and then forgets of what it was".
About the paradoxical meaning of "originality",
he said, "I look for what is related to the
origins. What's new doesn't interest
me. What I do care about are roots. All my work
is linked to that".
He had a real interest in Chilean popular culture.
"I think that if I had lived in Chile, I
would have collected popular refrains. I like
to warp on language".