Matlakas is a visual artist, originally from Italy, working internationally through the media of performance, painting, sculpture, and installation.
He obtained a degree in Sculpture at the University of Fine Arts in Naples and an MA in Social Sculpture at Oxford Brookes University.
Riccardo values the context he works in as the main inspiration for his work, finding a common ground with each culture he connects with. He creates cathartic actions and performances at the forefront of current political, environmental, and spiritual concerns by digging for the essence of humanity beyond race and custom. The artist often collects relics from his performances which later become objects of memory and contemplation. Amongst many residencies and exhibitions abroad Riccardo Matlakas has performed and shown his work in the Moscow Biennale of young artists in 2010, Gwangju Biennale in 2014, and Prague Quadrennial and had his work collected by the Museum of Modern Art in Odesa, Ukraine, and the Museum of Palestine in Cape town.
Photo: Mihaela Draganova