Matías Cuevas was born in Mendoza, Argentina in 1980. Following his early classical training at Universidad Nacional de Cuyo, Cuevas received his MFA in 2009 from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he was awarded an International Student Graduate Scholarship, a MFA Fellowship Award, and the SAIC Excellence in Leadership Award. Embracing the tradition of painting in a playful manner, Cuevas uses an innovative technique of staining and setting fire to nylon carpet with paint thinners and acrylics. Recent exhibitions of his work have been held at Sperone Westwater (New York), El Museo del Barrio (New York), Lehmann Maupin Gallery (New York), Leyendecker Gallery (Spain), Alderman Exhibitions (Chicago), and The Green Gallery (Milwaukee). His work is part of numerous private and public collections, including the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Rosario and Museo de Arte Moderno de Mendoza. Matias Cuevas currently lives and works in New York City.
Mendoza, Argentina (Photo Credit: Nacho Gaffuri).