Averting the topic to focus purely on painting, this German-born Sevillian artist imbues expressionist brushstrokes with his satirical Mediterranean temperament. His discourse is always pictorial. The most important thing for him is to paint and not to look for characters, because they look for him. They are the reflection of the people in the media, on trash TV and in the gutter press.
This exhibition at CAC Málaga consists of four large works and a set of small pieces in which Matías Sánchez attempts to show the cruellest, most ephemeral side of the art market in the most satirical way possible (but without being critical) through a display of off-the-wall, carnival-like, caricatured characters. To do this, he makes use of certain attributes that are particular to children's drawings, albeit with unmistakable hints of Picasso and Matisse.
In Elegidos para la gloria (Chosen for Glory), the work from which the title of the exhibition is taken, seven young artists seem happy to have been chosen. This ephemeral happiness is reiterated in other large-format canvases by Matías: masters, who are nothing but slaves to the market and its interests, surrounded by their flatterers/assistants and wearing amorphous, grotesque masques displaying false, hypocritical smiles.
Besides this cast of chosen ones, we find El autobús de los Zurdos (Bus for the Left-handed), with "left" being taken always to mean the embodiment of common decency. Many of the small-format portraits in the "left-handed" series represent self-excluded artists who, at some stage in their careers, have distanced themselves from the treacherous, false and fickle world of art that this artist recreates.
"Uneven eyes, outlandish hair colours, excessively long fingers, lop-sided ears and weird noses are some of the features of the characters in Matías Sánchez's paintings, his Elegidos para la gloria (Chosen for Glory)". According to Fernando Francés, CAC Málaga's director, "It would make sense to accept them as heroes if it weren't for something perverse and Machiavellian that appears to bias the onlooker's view. There is a lot of controversy in Matías' work: a lot of deceit and hooks with meaty bait just waiting to be gobbled up by unwitting onlookers. I can picture him taking pleasure in every trap that's been set and in every exquisite, intelligently-designed fallacy".
With Matías Sánchez's "Elegidos para la gloria", CAC Málaga once again shows its interest in Andalusian artists and their international presence. Born in Germany (1972) but trained as an artist in Seville, the painting of Matías, one of the most representative expressionist artists of emerging Spanish art, is full of contemporary icons, text and colour, which cannot fail to have an impact on the onlooker.
The artist, who lives and works in Seville, has exhibited his works in galleries across the globe, like the Christopher Cutts Gallery in Toronto and the Galerie Vostell in Berlin. He was one of the young artists whose work was on show at Scope Basel 2009 held in Basel, Switzerland, as part of Art 40 Basel, the 40th anniversary of this international art show.
Thus, Matías Sánchez has swelled the ranks of Andalusian artists like Simon Zabell and Javier Calleja whose work has been exhibited in solo shows at CAC Málaga, which once again demonstrates its support for local emerging art.