M a t h e u s G o u l a r t
Originally from Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Matheus grew up doing art in the streets. He moved to New York City in 2009, and began to take classes to improve his knowledge of architectural design. He took traditional art and fashion classes along with his interior design courses at the Fashion Institute of Technology.
Matheus is greatly influenced by the city he now calls home -- New York has long been the epicenter of fashion, hip hop, and street art, where he feels his interest in contemporary art, architecture, and interior design has grown exponentially. With this influence, he produced his first solo exhibition and debuted his signature series, Caras e Cores, at Avant Garde Gallery in the Lower East Side, as seen in New York Magazine in late 2014. Global Citizen selected him as the featured artist for their annual charity art show in Soho and he has completed several private commissions around New York and abroad.
Matheus designed and produced his first line of furniture in 2014 for a highly publicized exhibition, Brasilian Soul, in his hometown, which sold out and resulted in design partnerships with interior architecture firms. After that success, he exported the pieces for Art Basel Miami’s Wynwood Lab, which was the first time his furniture was available for sale Stateside. It was then sold at Jalan Jalan in the Design District in Miami.
STYLE IS THE LIMIT is the title of Matheus’ 2015 solo exhibition; he shared several series that spoke to his roots, his process, and his future; “as far as I can go in my own style; my style is the limit.” STYLE IS THE LIMIT defines his outlook on creativity and the future of his work. The exhibition covered a multitude of styles and subjects. Hosted by Gallery 151 in Chelsea, this exhibition had an overwhelming turnout. Matheus looked to take the works to an additional venue and was invited to bring a collection of pieces from STYLE IS THE LIMIT to Provocateur for 2 week-long exhibitions. Provocateur is an exclusive New York hotspot.
Recent installations include the Hotel on Rivington - Matheus was selected as the second artist in residence for the new arts program there. Curator, Hitomi Sasaki, selected 21 of Matheus’ pieces to be displayed throughout the hotel, restaurant, and club. In the fall of 2017, he was invited to do a solo exhibition entitled "Visceral" in Chicago's Neiman Marcus building, curated by Carol Nasaw.
Matheus has also been continuing his studies - invited to participate in the inaugural SCOPE Japan residency with 12 NYC-based artists / collaborators in a hospitality project. He is studying ceramics, marble, and metal at the Accedemia d'Art in Florence, Italy.
His Belo Horizonte studio is officially open for scheduled visits and sales. He has recently opened a NYC based studio in Harlem for international clients.