La primera exposición de un artista de Matta se llevó a cabo en la Galería Julian Levy, Nueva York, en 1940, y desde entonces, se han montado cerca de 400 exposiciones individuales de su trabajo, incluida una retrospectiva en el Museo de Arte Moderno de Nueva York (1957). , que viajó al Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (1957) y al Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (1958).
Roberto Matta was a Chilean-born artist known for his unique blending of Surrealism with Abstract Expressionism. Matta’s otherworldly paintings and prints explored the unconscious through methods of Surrealist automatism. The artist described nebulous spaces inhabited by floating organic and architectonic forms. Born on November 11, 1911 in Chile, he graduated in Architecture from the Catholic University of Santiago in 1932 before moving to Paris to work in the studio of Le Corbusier. He travelled to Madrid where he was introduced to the famed Surrealist Salvador Dalí who encouraged him to show his architectural drawings to André Breton and pursue a career in art. Then Matta settled in New York in 1938, began oil painting. He died on November 23, 2002 in Italy at the age of 91. Matta’s works are presently held in the collections of the Tate Gallery in London, The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice.