Melinda Matyas is a London based artist. She was born as an ethnic Hungarian in Romania in 1976 under the communist regime, and as a teenager she witnessed the sudden and violent uprising of the people, which eventually ended it.
She found the transition of the mass of people from the silent acceptance into the outburst of desire for freedom fascinating. The hidden mechanism that lies under the skin of human aspirations brought up Melinda’s interest in psychology.
In 2009 she graduated from the University of Art and Design, Cluj-Napoca receiving her BA in Fine Art, Painting. Later she moved to England in 2013.
Melinda’s interest in psychology and her research for understanding the source that adds meaning to ones life is one of the major influences in her work. Her main focus is the human condition, the internal world one experiences amidst the expectations of society.
In her creative process colour and texture are equally important, as well as the deconstruction of forms which allows her to find an equilibrium between figuration and abstraction. Though she considers herself a figurative painter, the dynamism she creates through breaking up the forms often make her work look abstract from a close view.
2019 The Zone, The Tunnel Group, Asylum Chapel, London
2019 Dance of stillness, The Magma Group, Stash Gallery, London
2018 Reality Dysmorphia (The last man), Crypt Gallery, London
2018 Being allowed to look, Saul Hay Gallery, Manchester
2018 Bils & Rye Gallery, Kirkbymoorside, York
2018 The Other Art Fair by Saatchi Art, London
2018 Labyrinths, Hundred Years Gallery, London
2017 Greetings from a dead man, Safehouse 1&2, London
2017 Anniversary, Saul Hay Gallery, Manchester
2017 The Portico Library, Manchester
2016 ONE, Saul Hay Gallery, Manchester
2016 Lacey Contemporary, London
2015 USEUM, Le Dame Gallery, London
2014 Liminality, Art Meets Fashion, Salt Lake City, USA
2014 Contemporary Painting, Art Gallery AFK, Lisbon, Portugal
2014 Mad about Art, Rowan Arts, London
2014 Painting500, Candid Art Trust, London
2013 Best Works- Touring exhibition, Czech Centre, Budapest, Hungary
2013 Best works- Touring Exhibition, Centrum Bavaria Bohemia, Schonsee, Germany
2013 Best Works- Touring Exhibition, Gallery of Szombathely, Szombathely, Hungary
2012 Woman About, MDSM –Auschwitz, Poland
2012 International Biennial of Drawing, Zapadoceske Muzeum, Pilsen, Czech Republic
2012 International Biennial of Socio-Political Poster, Auschwitz, Poland
2012 International Biennial of Miniature Art, Czestochowa, Poland
2011 Ex-Position, Solo Exhibition, Huedin, Romania
2009 Expo Transylvania, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Public Work (1999-2012)
Fresco Painting of 13 churches of Transylvania, Romania, executed in Neo Byzantine Style.
2018 Office et Culture, Singulart- Coups de coeur numeriques
2017 Art Maze Mag, Melinda Matyas
2016 Jung Katz, Interview with painter Melinda Matyas
2015 Mildred magazine, Art's Sake
2014 One to Watch, Saatchi Art
2013 Juxtapose Magazine, Melinda Matyas and the painted form
2013 Empty Kingdom
2012 Ignant, Melinda Matyas
2011 Artists Network Magazine, Palette knife in hand