Matías Ercole’s works stem from the certainty that drawing is capable of turning visible that which is not. Even from his early charcoal murals and first figurative sgraffitoes, he’s always been exploring the idea of images as a reality gifted of independent existence, whose elements can be broken down. In his pieces, usually large-scaled, line, light and clippings appear not as way of representation, but as symptoms of energy in motion. A sort of sensible evidence of the strength operating in the backstage of apparent mimesis. His shapeless compositions and bleak landscapes makes us think about the dusk light of sublime romantic scenes; or the organic feel of the American baroque; but above all, the intensity of religious painting. Hold with hanging iron structures, lighted by reflectors, placed as frescoes, it is not possible to break apart Ercole’s visual works from their context and devices with which they are shown. Revealing the dependence of images to architecture, in a theatrical way that give his drawings a never before seen power.
Matías Ercole was born in Buenos Aires in 1987. Ercole studied Bachelor of Fine Arts at the IUNA and attended clinics and workshops by Pablo Siquier, Claudio Caldini, Ernesto Ballesteros, among others. During 2014 he was a fellow of the Artistic Research Center (CIA) of the START Foundation and had a research production residency in Barcelona (HANGAR), in Uruguay (EAC) and in the city of Torino, Italy. His work is part of numerous public and private collections. Among them, the Museum of Modern Art of Mendoza; the Museum of Fine Arts of Tandil the Franklin Rawson Museum in San Juan; the Palais de Glace and Balanz Collection, Buenos Aires. Among the awards and recognitions he has received are the New Talent Drawing Room Lisbon Award (Portugal, 2019), the First Acquisition Prize - Drawing of the NationaL Hall (Buenos Aires, 2017); the Honorable Mention from the Fondo Nacional de las Artes (Buenos Aires, 2016), and the Special Mention from the jury of the Klemm Prize (Buenos Aires, 2013). He was the winner of the Bienal de Arte Joven de Buenos Aires on two occasions, in 2013 and 2015. Ercole exhibits individually and collectively both in spaces and institutions in Argentina and abroad, standing out among his latest works: “Re, visión” (Munar, Buenos Aires, 2019), And “quiero agradecer / una vez más a dios / que hizo / como todos sabemos / todo / y que hizo / como todos sabemos / nada /” (Miranda Bosch Gallery, Buenos Aires, 2016), “Te creo, te destruyo” (Recoleta Cultural Center, Buenos Aires, 2016), “Solo Hazlo” (EAC, Uruguay, 2016), “Déjà Vécu” (Project A Gallery, Buenos Aires, 2013), “Site Specific Dibujo II”, “La Ola” [The Wave], (Museum of Modern Art of Buenos Aires, 2012).