Francisco da Mata



What is contemporary and progressive, what is surprising, what moves at the pulse of time and yet maintains a connection to the past – that is modern; that is the program of the Portuguese artist Francisco da Mata.

With his humorous way of looking at life, Francisco da Mata shows in his oeuvre sublime levels of reality and illusion of our contemporary society – an artistic position that claims to deal with the contemporary attitude to life in order to simultaneously metaphorically exaggerate it.

The artist reflects on his environment, recontextualizes our culture and in doing so reveals unusual and exciting connections. Reinterpreting the present for discussion, Mata reinterprets fragments of situations, creates metaphorical icons that enable suggestive imagination and individual interpretation. But no narrative strand, no narrative structure, provides the viewer with information about what is depicted and its content…

Francisco da Mata (*1968 in Portugal) lives and works in Neuchâtel, Switzerland. His oeuvre is represented throughout Switzerland and internationally in important collections such as Credit Suisse and the Europäisches



Born 1968 in Portugal
Lives and works in Neuchâtel, Switzerland and Berlin, Germany

Selected Solo Shows

"Tremolos", galerie lange + pult, Auvernier, Switzerland
"Mistefyfy", Transformers, Brussels, Belgium
"Francisco da Mata", V5, Neuchâtel, Switzerland
"Utopia and small satisfactions" (with Nuria Fuster), Lage Egal, Berlin, Germany
"Minimal parfois", In Vitra, Bienne, Switzerland
"Something like siberia", Transformers, Brussels, Belgium
"New works (and old recipes)", galerie lange + pult, Zurich, Switzerland
"Cotillons et pacatille", Galerie Alain Gutharc, Paris, France
"Francisco da Mata", Dum Umeni/The House of Art, Budejovice, Czech Republic
"Battle: V. Rizzo versus F. da Mata", Galerie Arnaud Deschin, Marseille, France
"Battle 2: F. da Mata versus V. Rizzo", Galerie Arnaud Deschin, Marseille, France
"Trompe ton monde/WE suisse", Le Cercle Suisse, Besançon, France
"Alexandre Bianchini/Francisco da Mata", Galerie Une, Neuchâtel, Switzerland