Emanuel Mattini - Portfolio


Emanuel Mattini is strongly influenced by music. His figurative works are melodies performed in textured forms – brilliant in colour, exciting in design. His works metamorphose music into art, art into human expression, human expression into the rhythm of life.

These qualities were ingrained in Emanuel in his native Shiraz, Iran, the famed valley of poets and philosophers, where he was born in 1966. His education was furthered at the Atlanta Institute of Art with extensive studies in painting and photography. This marriage of the discipline of photography with the controlled freedom of painting is evident in his use of perspective, shadow, and light. The play of light creates an infinite perspective with each section of his canvas, leading the eye from point to point. Emanuel applies these skills in his present painting style, a style which reflects his thoughts, dreams, and soul and is recognizable as uniquely his. Also an accomplished serigrapher, his works appear in galleries and private collections worldwide.

Built primarily on the art of collage, Emanuel’s art is woven from a fabric of tradition. Much more than a theoretical exercise or a decorative statement, his approach to collage embodies the masters, such as Rauschenberg, Braque and Carra, but also transcends their modernist stance, moving toward a more sensuous and sincere artistic space.

Mattini’s work is saturated with the theme of music; each canvas is injected with sound and opened up to additional senses and interpretations. His sense of space and colour are also unique in their balanced disorder. Especially in the large-scale abstractions, colour strikes an emotional chord, delivering sensations that are at once emphatic and romantic, concrete and metaphysical, post-modern and baroque.