Matte Reﬁc is a multimedia artist currently based in Pueblo, Colorado. Matte’s artistic practice includes large-scale murals, paintings, illustrations, videos, performance art. A major thread running through his work and life is community engagement and participation. To that end, Refic works with the Creative Arts Platform teaching inmate participants a variety of artistic methods with a therapeutic approach, as well as working with juvenile offenders on art projects for the public courts. His background as a graffiti artist is prominent in his paintings and drawings, thematically layered with introspection and experience from his work as a teacher and artist frequently working in public spaces.
Through community based participatory art projects, Refic seeks to “bring more understanding, light, and color to individuals, communities, towns, and cities”.
Curatorial Statement by Daisy McGowan, Director of the Galleries of Contemporary Art
Great Expectations is the fourth in a series of biannual survey exhibitions featuring emergent career artists living and working in a specific geographic area of Colorado. Over a two year period, I was privileged to conduct numerous studio visits connecting with artists working up and down the I-25 Front Range corridor in Colorado. The eleven invited artists are exploring and innovating through their respective practices, pushing the contemporary art field as a result. While by no means exhaustive, Great Expectations highlights artists working and living in the most populated areas of the state which have undergone dramatic growth and change in the past two years.
The 2020 edition of Great Expectations features new work in a range of media, including painting, sculptural installation, monumental fiber art, video and new media including Virtual Reality technologies at our downtown Colorado Springs gallery site.
This exhibition aims to introduce our audiences to some of the brightest artists working along the Front Range corridor today, from whom we can surely expect great things.
Matte Refic, Taker, mixed media, 2018. 24" x 36".