Cuban born in 1967, Leonel Matheu lives and works in Miami since 1992. Matheu’s works range from watercolor/ink/oil on canvas/paper, marble/porcelain, aluminum/aluminum composite materials, video art, animations, and architectural art installations.
Leonel Matheu has exhibited in more than 30 solo shows since 1992 and 70 group exhibitions in art galleries, international art fairs, and museums since 1991. They had taken place in many cities throughout the US and abroad such as Japan(2006/2007/2008/2010/
Matheu’s artwork is part of prominent private and public collections at Frost Art Museum at FIU/Miami(1997/2003), The Lowe Art Museum/Coral Gables(2000),MOCA-Museum of Contemporary Art/North Miami Beach(2007), Bass Museum of Art(1999), The Georgia Museum of Art at University of Georgia/Athens(2004/2002), The Mobile Museum of Art/Alabama(2001), The University Art Museum in Radford University/Virginia(2001), The Hangaram Art Museum in Seoul, and Gyeongnam Art Museum (GAM)/South Korea(2013-2015).
Some of Matheu’s solo exhibitions are “Crossroads of The Dystopia” (2014)at Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum, Miami,Florida;”Pacific Time”at Galerie Sho Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan(2010); “Laboratory”at Dot Fiftyone Gallery,Miami,Florida(2008).
Matheu’s work is part of Miami-Dade public art collection “The Canopy Crown”/Zoo Miami(2015), “Vitality”/Jackson South Community Hospital(2010-2018), and Lyric Theater(2013). Also “Meadow of Options”(2011) at The Young at Art Museum (YAAM) of Broward County/CultureScapes Gallery/Davie, Florida; ‘Vessel”(2006) at City of Hialeah and Coral Gables(2015).
Matheu’s illustrations are published in baby book “My Life Through My Mother’s Eyes”(2017), and in his book “An Island In The Sky”(2016).
Leonel Matheu has received national and international awards in recognition to his professional artistic career such as WIZO Florida (2017), Seetal in Switzerland(2007); Medal of Culture in Rotterdam,The Netherlands(2000); Florida Individual Artist Fellowship Honorable Mention(2001); and Chivas Regal Order of Distinction(2000).
I use a figurative graphic language to express diverse stories that create, in the viewer, a finding of the lesson of a story. My work focuses on an interactive experience of more than 30 years by making sure that each of my creations stimulates and captivates the spectator’s mind. My creations, through graphics and colors, stimulate the plural spectator, as it creates a motive of interpretation and different emotions. I use and explore different techniques that range from watercolor drawings, ink on paper and canvas, oil pastel on paper, oil paintings on paper and canvas, marble and porcelain sculptures, to artwork in aluminum and aluminum composite materials, video art, animations, architectural art installations, interior and exterior wall murals/frescoes, and others.