Grapel-Art
Grapel-Art

The art of engraving over a film

The Artist

JOSÉ ANTONIO MATEO FLÓREZ

José Antonio Mateo Flóres

YOUR BIOGRAPHY

JOSÉ ANTONIO MATEO was born in Puebla de Sanabria (Zamora, Spain) on the 24th day of May, 1936. During his youth he lived in a number of places throughout the geography of troubled, post-Civil War Spain.

Already in his childhood and as a teenager, Mateo felt the call of art in a variety of its forms. Aged fifteen, he painted his first oil-colour and water-colour pictures, normally folk-themed, as well as his first ink-dot drawings.

He would later start investigating newer materials and methods, an example of which was his first work reported in the media of the day: the Granja de Torrehermosa church (Badajoz province) made of water-melon seeds.

Like so many other young Spaniards in his generation, Mateo emigrated to Northern Europe, and once back in Spain he settled in Madrid, where he would further develop his proffesional career and private life.

Those were the flaming days of the political transition and its broad influence on the fine arts. Without ever losing his interest in colour and innovation, he proyected his original vission of the abstract onto wood and canvas, and he devoted to the artistic transformation of the most diverse materials and objects.

This is how Mateo, then a hospital equipment technician, started to test radiographic film as an artistic raw material. From then on he has obtained success after success with his most original an acclaimed technics: GRAPEL (A Spanish acronym for GRAbado sobre PELicula, engraving on film).

Since its beginnings, this method has been continuously improved, and the material's surprising potentialities have been unveiled, while a variety of ways of working on it have been explored.

The first GRAPEL works were exhibited in Madrid in 1981, with an extraordinary success in public appreciation. Since then, Mateo has concentrated his efforts in the development of GRAPEL.

The hyperrealistic landscapes in his first works were soon followed by animals and then by all kinds of figurative, surrealistic and abstract themes. Although newer works kept being exposed in frequent exhibitions, the artist reached a further innovative step by the application of both static and dynamic light onto the radiographic film, the best example being the very successful exhibition at EXPO'92 in Seville.

Mateo's work now comprises over two hundred and fifty pieces, which have been exhibited in over twenty occasions, the masterworks being his bigger sized pictures of monuments.

HIS WORK

Mateo's work now comprises over two hundred and fifty pieces, which have been exhibited in over twenty occasions, the masterworks being his bigger sized pictures of monuments.

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