FACES OF TRADITION

Mateo's practice is influenced by a decade-long globe-trot, leaving his mark by painting murals along his path. His desire to combine his street and studio work, as well as to embrace the diverse cultures and symbols he amassed during his travels emerged as his iconic painted traditional carpets.

Redefining the tradition behind the object itself, Mateo's carpets are rearranged from their conventional disposition by being hung, and represent ornamented faces of women, whom are historically linked to the weaving of carpets. Adorned with ancient motifs as well as tribal and spiritual metaphors, the towering carpets are painted by the artist with striking feminine features. This series of artworks forces us to question our cultural identity and universal consciousness in a relentless system that pushes for uniformity and homogeneity in contemporary mass culture.

AYLAR - Spray paint Carpet / 200x100 cm / 2018

KIMIYA - Spray paint Carpet / 200x100 cm / 2018

TAYIR - Spray paint Carpet / 200x100 cm / 2018

NAGA BIRU - Spray paint on Traditional Carpet / 225x150 cm / 2018

KHAZINA - Spray paint on Traditional Carpet / 220x160 cm / 2018

ALDA - Spray paint on Traditional Carpet / 175x125 cm / 2018

SANUR - Spray paint on Traditional Carpet / 225x150 cm / 2018

AARDE - Spray paint on Traditional Carpet / 175x122 cm / 2018

SALBIA - Spray paint on Traditional Carpet / 185x122 cm / 2018

GHAZNI - Spray paint on Traditional Carpet / 230x170 cm / 2018

HALU - Spray paint on Traditional Carpet / 250x150 cm / 2018

ABNUR - Spray paint on Traditional Carpet / 160x100 cm / 2018

RUYA - Spray paint on Traditional Carpet / 180x120 cm / 2018

HADI - Spray paint on Traditional Carpet / 170x105 cm / 2018

MAHTAB - Spray paint on Traditional Carpet / 200x100 cm / 2018

SAPO ALVARIUS - Spray paint on Traditional Carpet / 150x100 cm / 2018

ZUMURRUD - Spray paint on Traditional Carpet / 150x100 cm / 2018

CHEHREYE - Spray paint on Traditional Carpet / 220x160 cm / 2017

ROYAL KERMAN - Spray paint on Traditional Carpet / 235x160 cm / 2017

DAFIRA  - Spray paint on Traditional Carpet / 100x50 cm / 2018

DAFIRA - Spray paint on Traditional Carpet / 100x50 cm / 2018