Meet Anthony Mastromatteo of Tallmadge, Ohio
Anthony’s encounters with art really began at Princeton University where he studied art history. He is quick to add that even then he didn’t really experience art.
Courses and readings focused on ideas much more than the object themselves. Things slowly changed for him whilst working at Christie’s in NYC selling 19th century paintings. It was there that he began to marvel at paintings as objects and to fall in love with what painting could be. A gut feeling told him that he could do this too and so he began painting for himself.
It is not often that you discover your hidden talent in your late 20s but for Anthony it quickly became clear that he was a hugely talented painter.
He has since built an impressive career on painting visually delightful still-lives that excite the mind. Each project is deeply researched such that he creates carefully thought out compositions that are supported by substantive ideas. He always paints from original objects and aims to give them a voice. What is more important in this trompe l’oeil game – the painting or the original object?
Well that is part of the fun it for him, to blur that line between original and representation.
A Snapshot View of Anthony Mastromatteo
Favorite Artist: He has been an ardent admirer since his university studies.
Spirit Animal: This is a difficult question for Anthony, as he prefers concrete jungles to nature.
Secret Superpower: He is particularly empathetic making it easy for him to quickly step in to a person’s skin and understand their point of view, both emotionally and intellectually.