Claudia Matoos

Claudia Matoos (Portugal)

Title: Nature’s Time: A Garden of Memories
Medium: Acrylic painting on linen
Size: 21 x 29cm
Price: 350 € EUR

The artwork “Nature’s Time: A Garden of Memories” (acrylic painting on linen) presents a reflection on ecology and the preservation of the environment. Based on memories and accounts of my father, who was born in the Amazon, Brazil, these experiences in the Forest symbolize all the Forests on Planet Earth. The hourglass reveals the concept of the transitority life and the action of time. According to the metaphysical conception of the philosopher Henri Bergson, the matter and life can arise from the same movement and the interrelations between past and future are connected through the present. Time is relentless, and human action, in their unbridled ambition, has caused deforestation. Walking through this forest, this Idyllic Garden is intended to raise awareness for a reconnection with Nature. This painting goes deep into the idea that the Primitive Forest, “Mother Nature,” is a source of life wich could quickly deplete. It is urgent to think about future generations. We are Nature.

Visual artist (dual nationality: Portuguese/Brazilian). From childhood to youth, she was a classical and contemporary dancer. She slowly replaced the ballet shoes with the paint brushes. Among canvases, paper, pencils and paints, she graduated in Art Education at the Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora, Brazil, where she took a Masters in Science of Religion, with a dissertation on Schiller and Art. Like Schiller, Cláudia believes that “the artist is a child of his time”. PhD in Visual Arts at Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, she developed a thesis on a generation of artists and intellectuals who maintained, (1960-1970), a Utopian Art Gallery in years of repression in Brazil. She taught Arts in schools for 21 years, being a university teacher in Brazil for 6 years.

Claudia was an invited teacher in Drawing area at the Faculdade de Belas-Artes da Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal (2013-2016), and she is currently a researcher at the Centro de Investigação e Estudos em Belas-Artes, Universidade de Lisboa, CIEBA-UL. She is a member of the Board of the Sociedade Nacional de Belas Artes de Lisboa, SNBA, Portugal, an artist associated at SOS ARTE.PT, Artaviso (Australia & EU) and ICOMOSBrasil.
Claudia Matoos is dedicated to painting, drawing, photography and artistic installation. She has participated in individual, collective, national and international exhibitions. In 2021, she was selected for the 4th International Art Biennial of Gaia, Portugal.
Her artwork expresses the concept of Connection with Nature and Reality.