I use the term metaphysical in my work to signal my concern with matters unlimited, and in particular, unseen. I use the term in the sense that Aristotle meant "wisdom," "theology" or "the first philosophy": a discipline "to deal with the first causes and the principles of all things," including, in addition to material things and abstractions, "immovable substance," as well as the eternal, immutable and immaterial, and the divine presence. I mean the term to include, as well, spirituality in general and all "subjective" inner experience: feelings, thoughts, intuitions, mystical or inspired knowledge and experiences, as well as "being as being and the attributes that belong to being in virtue of its own nature," mind and idea, the soul, fantasy. In a broader context I also include magic, miracles, synchronicity, telepathy, discarnate and extra-terrestrial beings, and other conventionally unexplainable phenomena. I do believe that we are influenced by artworks and plants and stars, and other such subtle or distant things in ways and extents to which we consciously may not be aware. It is good to seek answers, and good to find them; and we actually do find them. But let us realize that there are always greater truths. Let us hold our truths lightly, for we shall have others tomorrow; and let us not take them too much to heart, that we may have room for the others. Life is not as definite, or objective as we may have come to believe. We are unlimited divine creators and we are free to choose as we will. I like to make paintings that are alive, that breathe and glow, that are light, enduring, that are nourishing, healing and benign, that are generous, grand and expansive, that reflect the brightest sublime expression of all that is best and highest in me. Let the artist's creations be inspirations to others, let them be released by him unconditionally, in love, disinterestedly, that his creations may be as sovereign, free and fine as the one who created them, and even more so. And let him not be overly concerned about whether his work will be understood or sufficiently appreciated, but let him trust that it will, by those who with pure heart and clear soul can see. One would expect that the sincere call of the heart would be heard from afar, and its influence widely felt.
Biography: JULIO MATEO was born in Havana, Cuba in 1951. At the age of nine he emigrated with his family to the United States. He studied Fine Arts at the University of Florida, Gainesville, earning the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1973; and at the University of South Florida, Tampa, earning the master of Fine Arts degree in 1978. In 1989 he was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artists Fellowship Grant in Painting. His works have been exhibited in various solo and group exhibitions in New York City, including at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 1990 (solo), and at the Brooklyn Museum, PS 1 Museum, the Bronx Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Hispanic Art, as well as at many national and international galleries and alternative spaces. He is represented in numerous private and public collections, including the Chase Manhattan Bank and the New York Public Library, Spencer Collection. His biography is included in "Who's Who in American Art," "Who's Who in the East" and in "The Dictionary of International Biography." He lived and worked in New York City for 15 years, recently relocating with his family to Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, USA. "My work explores a personal vocabulary of abstract forms based on simple gestures and signs leading to elemental imagery with complex associative meanings. "Ultimately, I am concerned with how meaning emerges in abstract art, and in art's ability to provide insight into the nature of life."
Country: United States
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