Melinda Matyas is an exciting Hungarian painter, based in London. She was born in 1976 and has always been passionate about art, studying a BA in Painting as well as Byzantine mural painting. Her unique portraits are characterised by their use of fragmentation and vivid colours.
Inspired by the old masters as well as contemporary painters such as Egon Schiele and Jenny Saville, she composes works that explore ideas of identity and memory. Matyas is particularly interested in the idea that memories are altered by the act of recollection. This distortion of memory is reflected in her artistic process.
Matyas begins with images from life drawings or photographs and plans a formal composition, working principally with oils to build up layers. Halfway through, Matyas abandons her formal plan and her reference imagery, using intuition to fragment forms and alter colours.
Matyas has exhibited widely in the UK and overseas, in countries such as Romania, Portugal, and the USA. She has exhibited in the International Biennial of Drawing in Pilsen, the Czech Republic, where her art was named as one of the Biennial’s Best Works.
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