Master$ is an impressionist response to the works of Caravaggio. The series’ three pieces are connected both literally, when placed side by side, and figuratively by the history and influence of some of art’s masters — whom Matheus greatly appreciates and respects — Basquiat, Haring, and of course, Caravaggio. Included in this series as well are pieces that nod to other sources of inspiration for the artist such as Warhol and Picasso.
Color Code was initially intended as a backdrop for another concept. When working to blend the paints in a vertical manner, an abstraction emerged. Matheus saw the lines as a barcode; the parallel pattern used to systematically purchase. He felt the outcome needed to remain simple and untouched.
Caras e Cores, his signature series, is a reflection of the human experience. Each expression is serious, but given genuine qualities with the aid of vibrant color. In this series, the artist expresses a religious subtext without explicitly stating so.
Street Calligraphy brings the artist’s graffiti to a contained space on canvas. His writing unfolds into multiple perspectives to the viewer and is present on every piece — between abstractions, faces, skulls. The tag, intertwined, spreads out into distinctive often amplified dimensions in gigantic “Matheus” calligraphy lettering.