Karina Matheus is Venezuelan-American, London-based artist. She was born in Caracas, Venezuela and lived 11 years in Miami, USA. She attended the Cristobal Rojas School of Arts and School of Arts of Central University in her hometown. She studied music, photography, literature, and dance, disciplines that developed even more her artistic vision. She also earned a BA in Mass Communications with Film and Video Production Specialization from Andres Bello Catholic University and Marketing Specialization from Metropolitan University, both in Venezuela.
She has exhibited in special shows in the context 57th and 58th Venice Biennale (Italy), Luciano Benetton Collection, and New York. Her pieces have been exhibited in International Art Fairs such as Parallax AF London, Pinta Miami, Art Boca Raton, Art Concept Miami Art Week, Art Palm Beach International, Contemporary Focus Palm Beach, and Red Dot Art Fair. Also, she has exhibited in galleries and curatorial spaces in Miami and Wynwood, renowned Art District in South Florida.
Her work focuses on the search for the meaning of the soul and its dissociation from the human being as an individual imprisoned by his/her belief system and in justifications of the social system in which he/she lives.
Her pieces are in Private Collections in UK, USA, and Latin America.
She lives and works between London and New York.
"Abstractionism has always allowed me to express worlds full of very personal meanings that are only in depths of me. As an artist, creating gestural dimensions with color gives me the breath of life and in my pieces, I seek to understand the soul and its connection with being a human. I mean my own soul that cannot be described in words but that I intend to decode through my feelings and the images that I can extract from my subconscious. I am no interest about my conscious mind because it is a distraction for me. Deconstruct and compose realities through this technique (abstractionism) is detached from the form that often drowns us and makes us succumb to distraction.
The viewers are invited to immerse in the world of my abstract paintings and installations and discover oneself. I encourage the viewers to explore the possibility of communication between the inner world of souls and the outside world of human beings."
"Matheus’ works combine primal gestures, strong brushstrokes, and fistful touches on canvas. Her energetic and intense pictorial field dynamically expands and contracts, evoking greater forces of the universe. Her non-objective imagery is associated with the heritage of the New York School. "
Milagros Bello, Ph.D. in Sociology with a doctoral thesis in Sociology of Art from Sorbonne University (Paris VII-Jussieu), Paris, France. 2017
“Although many artists try to depict the Big Bang and evolution of the Universe, Karina was there. She saw it first hand and rushed to her studio to paint representations of her experience. She uses paint, brushes, and canvas materials and lets her arm do what it wants. What it wants is to do is follow her momentum, her unconscious messages and impulses. Presto…the cosmos is all its magnificent beauty and chaos. Her brush knows where to go. She obeys her instincts and achieves a bond with universal forces.”
Tom Stock, New York. 2019
The work reveals inner drives as meditations of the universe. A cosmic vision of a spiritual input develops through primal gestures and fistful touches over the canvas. Explosive colors emerge out from the center as an implicit pictorial “big bang”. Void and density dissolve into one another evocating the formless in its primary conception.
Milagros Bello, Ph.D. in Sociology with a doctoral thesis in Sociology of Art from Sorbonne University (Paris VII-Jussieu), Paris, France. 2019