Inside the Studio

Peter Matyasi

What are the major themes you pursue in your work?

I create my artworks with a unique method, which results in photorealistic images. My works are made of slide-like material and depict everyday themes, which can evoke memories of personal pictures of a trip. However, I develop my central shapes by deletion, which creates an inside-out version of the object shown in the picture. My drawings resemble negatives, focusing on a reality which even a truly realistic photograph cannot represent. Nowadays I started to work on lightboxes that reminds me of the slide projections of my childhood. I like working with industrial materials like films, composite sheets, and perspex.

What was the best advice given to you as an artist?

Do it or not. There is no try.

Prefer to work with music or in silence?

It depends mostly on my mood, but usually there is some background music in the studio.

If you could have one piece of art in your life, what would it be?

Goya’s Portrait of Dona Isabel de Porcel.

Who are your favorite writers?

I have no favourite writers as I don’t have favourite artists or favourite bands. I like The City by Alessandro Baricco, I like Becher’s photographs, and I like Foil by Autechre.