Project Description

b. 1964, Havana, Cuba

Alono Mateo is a Cuban-born Postwar and Contemporary painter who began his studies at the Instituto Superior de Arte (The University of the Arts of Cuba) in Havana. Later, Mateo emigrated to Mexico, where he resided until 1990. He eventually made his way to the United States, and after a brief stay in Miami, Mateo relocated to Las Vegas where he now lives and works.

Mateo’s works are conceptions influenced by mass culture, with influences ranging from twentieth-century pop culture, to classical European aristocracies. Occupying the intriguing space between classicism and modernity is a cornerstone to Mateo’s practice. Advertising imagery and iconic figures float above Baroque color palettes and patterning, creating juxtapositions between new and old that subtly entice deeper commentaries on cultural values.

Alonso Mateo has exhibited in the United States and abroad. His works are part of major collections in England, France, Spain, Mexico, and the United States.

EDUCATION
Institute Superior de Arte (ISA), 1990, Havana, Cuba
 
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2010
Fishing Landscapes, Kavachnina Gallery, Miami, FL
2009
Apothecary Luxe, Kavachnina Gallery, Miami, FL
2009
Hispanic Heritage, Kavachnina Gallery, Miami, FL
2008
Bentley Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
2008
The Cabinet of Dr., Farside Gallery, Miami, FL
2007
American Plano, Emma Molina Gallery, Monterrey, Mexico
2006
Portrait Length, Kunsthaus Gallery, Miami, FL
2005
pret-a-porter, Gomez Fine Art Gallery, San Juan, Puerto Rico
2004
Fashion, Dust Gallery, Las Vegas, USA
2004
Fashion Design, Space Odessa, Ricardo Reyes, Mexico, DF
2004
Unfortunately collector to visit the studio of the painter, Museum of the University of Guanajuato, Mexico
2003
Academy, Angel Romero Gallery, Madrid
2002
Alonso Mateo, Emma Molina Gallery, Monterrey, Mexico.
2002
Autumn Winter, OMR Gallery, Mexico City
2000
Painting Courtesan, Angel Romero Gallery, Madrid
2000
Familial Héritage, Metropolitan University Gallery, Mexico City
1997
New Paint Courtesan, Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1996
New Paint Courtesan I, OMR Gallery Mexico City
1994
Private collection, OMR Gallery, Mexico City
 
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2013
Gold Rush, Bentley Gallery, Phoenix, AZ
2008
Art is not life, Museo del Barrio, New York, NY
2007
Art Basel, Miami, Killing Time, Exit Art Gallery, New York, NY
2007
Ours, Contemporary Fine Art, Miami Arc Gallery
2007
Emma Molina, Spain, Arteamérica Fair, Miami, FL
2006
Collective painting, Kunsthause Gallery, Miami Arc Gallery
2006
Gallery Emma Molina, Spain
2005
O, The Games We Play, Frederic Snitzer Gallery, Miami, FL
2005
Scope Art Fair New York, Ricardo Reyes Gallery
2005
International Art Fair ARCO, Angel Romero Gallery, Madrid, Spain
2004
Scope Art Fair Miami, Ricardo Reyes Gallery. Mexican Report, San Antonio, TX
2003
First Biennial Yucatan, Museum of Modern Art of Merida, Mexico
2002
Tamayo, Rufino Tamayo Museum, Mexico City, The Luxe, The Museum of Madrid
2000
Mexican Contemporary Art, Ludwig Museum, Budapest
2000
X Painting Biennial, Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City
2000
Art Chicago 2000, Chicago, IL
2000
ARCO 2000, OMR Gallery, Madrid
1999
ARCO 99 OMR Gallery Madrid
1999
New Mexico Arts Plastiques Espace de Villefranche, Barcelonnette Musee de la Vallée, France
1998
Arco 98, OMR Gallery, Madrid
1998
IX Painting Biennial, Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City
1997
Strength through joy, Poplar University Museum, Mexico
1996
Arco 96, OMR Gallery, Madrid
1996
Art Chicago 96, Chicago, IL
1995
Arco 95, Spain
1995
Continental Discourse, San Antonio Museum Of Art, San
Antonio, TX

Artsy Editorial – Art Worth its Weight in Gold
In Bentley Gallery’s new exhibition “GOLD RUSH”, gold’s time-honored veneration is explored in contemporary art. Described as “Contemporary art that shifts cultural associations with the world’s most treasured metal,” the show gathers works by 15 artists who employ gold as a medium, and challenge the traditions surrounding the use of gold in art.

Subject

Alonso Mateo