Matias Salgado (b. 1998) is an Argentinian painter, who recently graduated from Minerva Academie in Groningen. Last year, he participated in Best of Graduates 2023 and won the prestigious Young Blood Award presented to him by Museum Voorlinden, Wassenaar.

In his new body of works, Salgado explores the subtle yet profound moments that define contemporary urban existence. His paintings feature vibrant city scenes with colorful human figures, often portrayed in exaggerated forms that offer insight into our behaviors and emotions. The artworks convey a feeling of sensory overload. Amid bustling street corners and local grill rooms, characters engage in continuous consumption. We see a peddler selling fresh orange juice, while another man is smoking, waiting for the bus. These artworks comment on the relentless pace and myriad stimuli of daily life.

A recurring theme in Salgado’s work is elevating commonplace activities, like having a drink at a bar or cooking breakfast. The paintings encourage us to reevaluate mundane moments and find beauty and significance in our everyday existence. “My work is a reflection on how we, as individuals, interact with our environments and each other, often in ways that go unnoticed. Through these paintings, I hope to create a space for contemplation and appreciation of the subtle complexities that define our human experience.”

ABOUT Matias Salgado

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (1998)
Lives and works in Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Born in Buenos Aires in 1998, Matias Salgado (Best of Graduates 2023) developed a passion for painting during his teenage years. His artistic journey began with courses focusing on the human figure, laying a foundation for his future work. Salgado’s art, characterized by its emphasis on the human form, has been featured in various shows and fairs since 2017, gaining attention from collectors worldwide. Salgado’s works also extend beyond the gallery space, with his art held in public collections at the Museum Voorlinden in the Netherlands and the Perez Art Museum in the USA, as well as in private collections in countries like Argentina, the United States, Malaysia, Belgium, Switzerland, Sweden, and Germany.

Drawing inspiration from a broad array of materials, Salgado creates imagery that is deeply rooted in the popular narratives and discourses of his Argentine background. He skillfully incorporates personal memories into common places and objects, imbuing them with his own unique perspective. This approach results in a captivating blend of figuration and abstraction in his works.

Salgado often recreates scenes where these elements combine and compete, giving rise to what he terms a ‘suggestive image’. These suggestive images invite viewers to delve into a world where personal and cultural narratives intertwine, offering a rich exploration of identity and memory.