Biography and Art Statement
Riccardo Matlakas

My name is Riccardo Attanasio in art Matlakas, I am an Italian artist who came to London in 2006 establishing my first studio/Atelier and at the same time operating with intervention for various event and residencies worldwide. I have been participating to Moscow Biennale, 2010, Gwangju Biennale, 2014 but also did a lot of work regarding the current issue of the refugee crisis, working closely with Palestinians and South Africans but also a lot my own, creating street interventions related to the issue. In many cased those interventions have been showed also in live art events. I am a performance artist who's work based in the responsibility as an artist towards all living species and the conscious development of how to be a full human being in order to live life properly. I also create platform for thinking and openly discuss the possibility of growth, where listening is the main activity. I am also a painter and mosaic artist and use these media to have conversation with myself which I then deliver it out when I perform or create platform for thinking.
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The Great Welcome
This work is part of the Hot topics for this year because it talks about humanity related to the refugee crisis. I imagines a world that instead of pushing refugees away would actually welcome them as they went through a difficult journey. Will that ever be achieved?
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Ludic Approach
This painting compares the similarity with learning and playing, revealing that experience is a natural way of learning.
Inspired by Along the Way
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Idem Quod
This is just an excerpt of a performance I made in Korea where I play a musical piece and on each note, from high to low pitch will knock out a soldier, showing the human condition of earth, where a dramatic end can have its space to unfold and vibrate in us.
Inspired by Comfort
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A conversation
This painting show tow people trying to communicate, affected by their own emotions, creating a middle filed, a third body made of reflections, thoughts, understanding and misunderstanding. They both carry emotions from their pasts which translate in their understanding of the present reality and...
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100% Just before the...
This painting is about people who moves beyond borders because of certain problems in their home towns, people who is trying to find a corner in the world, occupying all the empty spaces with their fullness.
Inspired by Profile Picture
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City-Zen shows here a City-zen who is happily crossing borders with a blank passport, with no problem, smiling, practicing and spreading Zen in the city.
Inspired by Blue Fox
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acrylic on canvas 145x88cm this painting is a part of a new ongoing series dedicated to elektromagnetic fields and the use of technology, it highlights the invisible hidden amongst us.
Inspired by DataFlow
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New organs of Perceptions
New Organs of Perception is a painting about the explosion of senses. The moment when perceptions duplicates and we discover many new organs of perceptions and senses.
Inspired by Eruptions,...
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Flying Palestine
I decided to pop myself in order to give democracy to the original image, not sure if it makes sense. Here we are: Flying Palestine is a collage, photo, painting made in sinergy with the struggle of Palestine towards freedom.
Inspired by Deeply
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This is a photo par of a larger collection. Creating this photography I wanted to abstract the human figure although you can still read and interpret this image as you wish as it contains thousand references.
Inspired by Body MOD
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The Happy Tail
The happy tail is about soft dreams, animals' revenge on human take over in society. Puppets coming alive to remind us how to co-exist.
Inspired by Two dancers
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A cellular Transformation
This painting shows the power of transformation at a cellular level, where bed time stories are there to make us dream more, imagine much more. A real transformation happens at the core and not at the surface, so in this work i show what is happening at a cellular level to the shift of...
Inspired by My Little...
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Beyond The Veil
This piece is the preparation for a 5 days performance where I dressed in a Burqa to explore how a woman in a burqa feels and the perception of many eyes I have on me in different contexts of the city.
Inspired by Coco Chanel
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I was inspired by that self Portrait as I see myself in it too. In my POP you see a teacher who is also confused about the unknown, despite the fact he is as ancient as greek sculpture.
Inspired by Self Portrait
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Deeply explored the psychology of human mind and body. Digging inside the flesh to find revelations and insights. The mystery and profundity of human poetry will emerge.
Inspired by Human
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The Portal
The Portal is the door for hope after a forest of struggle
Inspired by Warm foothills
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Deeply explored the psychology of human mind and body. Digging inside the flesh to find revelations and insights. The mystery and profundity of human poetry will emerge.
Inspired by #ibelong18
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Sweet Thorn
This is a shoot of my performance Sweet Thorn, the patterns and colors on the wall and the flowers create an enchanting image which was photographed almost at the end of the durational performance.
Inspired by Reflection
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Nostalgia is a performance about the search for identity, connecting to the past of a life but also the memory, the attachment of the self, realising there is no-self when connecting to others, to the world.
Inspired by Nostalgia
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I was inspired by the digital image which game me a sense of dynamic and direction and that's why I responded to it with a picture of my performance Diagramer, where I perform the Kineastesia of the lines and traslate their motion in my own body.
Inspired by Behind the...
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The Revolution
I wanted to connect to mushrooms dance because with this work I was insspied by nature, although the action is about protection from social injustice. For this reason I made this Umbrella dress composed of 18 Automatic opening umbrellas.
Inspired by Mushroom dance
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This photo of my performance connects with the theme of Identity, the search of who we really are and its journey
Inspired by DIGITAL SOUL
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Idem Quod
I decided to pop Idem quod as it connects with the descriprion of speaking Silence, the inner world itself already communicated in us all we need and the outer shell has to respond in a world of verbal communication. The inner child is on an eternal laughter
Inspired by Speaking...
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Two Soldiers in Love
War would cease if we would free up our minds and open to Love!
Inspired by Union
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The Meeting Point
The Meeting Point matlakas This painting represents the meeting between the man who lives in a society which destroys the elements and the man who lives surrounded by nature and defend it, this represents a unity of the two.
Inspired by The Spirit of...
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This painting shows an the development of the mind, from birth to mature growth. You can see birds stuck in barbed wire below, when they born, representing the constriction of Society and at the top of the experienced body, a headless open cage freeing the mind from our own thoughts and...
Inspired by Self
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The Day when all beings...
One day, all beings will be free from every stereotype imposed by society, where man and women will be equal, every race one race and every confine vanishes. The apollo in the middle is not male anymore and it represents richness and nourishment, which comes from true freedom, the freedom all human...
Inspired by Renaissance
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One More Arrow
The Figure of the MArtyr San Sebastian is revealed deeply, showing what on earth is topic of many that brings joy and suffering in many cases. Cupid in Fact is the one who was throwing arrows at him. Human Being, lives constantly with both the quality of uplifting and obstructing feelings, in this...
Inspired by Human
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The Meeting Point
This painting represents the meeting between the man who lives in a society which destroys the elements and the man who lives surrounded by nature and defend it, this represents a unity of the two.
Inspired by Plants and...
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Heimat Obstruction
Heimat Obstruction was performed as a durational piece in Berlin, 2011 and London 2017. On a daily basis we pass liminal places, without being in the moment, that moment where our minds are firm into what we are doing, the train keeps going, but there is some people that perhaps won't be allowed to...
Inspired by NFER
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Head inside out
Head inside out shows the desires of human being since childhood, this shows an ancient youth sculpture coming about nowadays with a new range of choices, a universe of things, a cosmic shelf of choices, a variety of colourful thoughts
Inspired by Cosmic
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Melting Borders
Melting Borders, melts borders and flag through Icecream walking, each icecream represent a specific flag, melting them together on the shirt. Creating a united-nation canvas.
Inspired by Tourists
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Amantes sunt Amentes...
Lovers are lunatic shows the connection between two human beings, who once together enter a specific madness that they only know about.
Inspired by SHREDDED
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Together we could
A group of children decides to build their own future, but the task is not so easy. Ultimately they decide to use their own body as the material to build it.
Inspired by Creativegrad
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This work is made with hand cut ceramic on wooden board, each fragment is made to create the overall work. It is connected to television and when there was no signal from the antenna.
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The Emigrant
The Emigrant is a painting about the need of all beings to emigrate, to explore, see other lands, other cultures, travelling is also learning and sometimes it harnesses a melancholic character.
Inspired by Think Travel
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The rain Dance
In rain dance, all people come together to celebrate the rain, a rain of enlightenment. People is finally able to feel nature, inside the elements. The marine send love to all others, changing his role in society. The rain dance is a cathartic image, which wants us to re-thing twice who we really...
Inspired by Healing
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