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Art Watch : Eduardo Mata Icaza

Eduardo Mata Icaza is our Art Watch Artist for today. This section is brought to you by Art From Us and Divvya Nirula. The Artists we spotlight here can be from any field, across any discipline, and using a variety of media. We share here why we think they are important and also worth watching. Be it genius creators of eras gone by. Or the upcoming contemporary artist who is yet to have their first show. All come under the purview of Art Watch.


This young artist born in 1984 Costa Rica, loves living in and creating in Marseille, France. Icaza has dabbled across mediums and styles. Finally landing on this ‘collagesque’ painting style – where charcoal and oil meet on canvas to express himself.

Icaza’s interest in art began at a very young age. He remembers that he was only eight when he took his first drawing class. In 2002 he began his studies at the School of Fine Arts at the University of Costa Rica. The world of university, as is naturally assumed offers a great deal of learning. And he experimented with different media at this point. Here he primarily explored painting, ceramics, printmaking, sculpture, drawing and art history. He claims that oil and canvas remains his first love. Nut one can clearly see the influence of the different forms filtering onto his canvas. Many of the paintings look like high relief sculptures.

Describing his Art, Icaza says : “My work is very personal and it’s the result of my life.”

Why Eduardo Mata Icaza?

Deeply spiritual in nature – he believes that everything that happens does so at the perfect moment. There is a surrender in him which morphs into the serenity that his works showcase.

“Painting means everything to me It motivates me to think I can do what I like when I want.  Through painting, I find autonomy from the system and from routine. So art is freedom. And when we talk about freedom we talk about politics and ideologies.”

Eduardo has said through several interactions that he searches, through his work, for the essence of the human being. In that he implies that it’s the inherent characteristics of existence. As well as the contrasts of life that he wants to project. It is natural that he toys with light and shadows, black and white. The introduction of finished and unfinished compositions, is a means of exploring the game between life, death, all or nothing, being or not being.

He is a fan of Velasquez’s works and is inspired by the chiaroscuro style of paintings as he is deeply affected by the progressive and chronological portraits of Rembrandt, which actually capture the passage of time. Also a fan of Damien Hirst- oppositional to the classics – he appreciates the dialogue about death that Hirst brings to the table. So there is a radical thought involved that is underlying the works of Eduardo Mata Icaza.

He has participated in several group and solo shows in Costa Rica, and now lives in France.

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