Artist Profile – Pedro Matos

My work is about humanity, society and the human condition.
Although aesthetically influenced by the old masters, the religious subject matter has been replaced by the portrayal of those who are downtrodden, unnoticed, unappreciated and forgotten in society.

Who are you: My name is Pedro Matos, I am 20 years old and I am a painter, street artist, student and so on..

Barcelona Paste Up

Paste Up, Charcoal on Paper, Barcelona 2009

Home town: I was born in Santarem. Right now I live, study and work in Lisbon and am about to move to London soon I hope.

Describe your style: That’s a tough one. I guess you could say it’s a blend between a “post graffiti” and classical figurative painting where the main subject is the portrayal of those that have been unnoticed, forgotten, marginalized, downtrodden and unappreciated by contemporary society.

Paste Up/Aerosol on metal, Charcoal on papaer and Aerosol, Santarem 2009

Day or night?: Both! that’s why I never sleep 😉

Favorite spot: For what? I have been enjoying bike-riding under the sunny days of Caparica, so I’ll go with that.

Inspiration: I am inspired by life in general, by creative and motivated people, by my family, friends and girlfriend, by music, movies, traveling, people, skateboarding, bike riding, sunny days, the streets of lisbon, and finally by the privilege that is living as an artist.

"The Helmsman", Acrylic on canvas, 100 x 80 cm, 2009

Where can we find out more: You can fin out more either by going to my website – , by going to one of my exhibitions (I’ll be there!) or come over for a studio visit in person. There’s one rule though, you must bring PEZ!

People to look out for: Well, you may or may not have heard all these names, but these people are very inspiring to me: Carolina Flores, Anthony Lister, Antony Micallef, Charlie Isoe, Greg “Craola” Simkins, C. Harrington, Michael Hussar, Rembrandt, Sean Cheetham, Shawn Barber, Carminho, Vhils, Aaron Rose, Holly Thoburn, Swoon, Ed Templeton, Dan Baldwin, Mcgee, and the list goes on and on..

"Jimmy Choo", Acrylic and aerosol on canvas, 120 x 80 cm, 2009

Paste Up, Charcoal on Paper, Rome 2009

Preview of 2010's body of work, Oil, Acrylic and Aerosol on canvas, 100 x 80 cm, 2010

Final words: Make something and be happy.